Un juego complejo de Luchador encima de la escena de la película Nacho Libre!

Our Review

The film's opening credit sequence contains a smart, effective suit-up scene that takes an unexpected twist. A young Ignacio (Nacho) opens a dresser drawer containing icons, religious comics, wrestling action figures, and a holy bible. This first shot is ingeniously actualized for it instantly conveys all the necessary information the audience needs to enter the world of the film: this young boy is in a religious institution, the colorful laminated icon cards are similar to trading cards or comics (again reinforced by the monk cartoon panels seen underneath the bible) alongside colorfully costumed wrestling action figures coalescing the idea of 'religious superheroes' -- all in one image! This reflects the character's affinity for symbolism, heroism, and spiritual conviction. From the bible, he extracts a crayon drawn design for a mask and cape (as if heaven itself commands the boy to suit up and become a Luchador or 'freedom fighter'!)

As the credits appear, the boy gathers up all the materials he will need. A doily is swiped from the television set of a sleeping nun to be used as a cape. A single red flower is plucked from a memorial display in the cemetery for added flair. A bright, powder blue, beaded crucifix is nabbed off a coat hook to be used for lettering; the word 'Nacho' is spelled out as the cape is being constructed while the word 'Libre' appears in the credits beneath -- a fine example of a suit-up scene becoming an intrinsic element to the film's title card. Young Nacho stands with his back to the camera, dramatically fastening his mask, placing his fists on his hips, assuming a proud hero's stance.

Nacho springs into action for the first time...but encounters his first enemy! Now fully suited, our hero practices his fighting moves in the cemetery; swinging his chubby mitts at a statue. When he takes a rest (lying on a plot), two Monks descend upon him and try to pry his mask off (the ultimate insult to a Luchador!). He is taken back to the orphanage where he retains his mask but is stripped of his cape and hosed off: thus begins a gradual break down of one costume and the eventual suiting up of another. He is robed in a Monk's attire and finally...his mask is pulled off.

This twist represents a very complex nuance of Nacho's character. The Church is his first enemy in his fight for freedom. This theme is strengthened by his forbidden love for Sister Encarnacion later in the film. Yet he must fight in the service of the church to save the hungry orphan children by becoming a Luchador. A tormented hero and flawlessly executed suit-up scene.