KUNG FU ELLIOT (Matthew Bauckman, Jaret Belliveau). 91 minutes. Opens Friday (November 7). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NNNN
One of the more complex documentaries made about misguided DIY filmmakers, this story of Halifax martial arts aficionado Elliot Scott’s quest to become the first-ever Canadian action superstar delivers huge laughs with an underlying sadness.
It’s good fun to watch Scott naively bumble his way around the creation of his third opus, Blood Fight, but as the doc approaches its final act, a major twist changes its tone almost completely.
Filmmakers Matthew Bauckman and Jaret Belliveau lucked into an implausible true story in which the darkness and outlandishness keep escalating to a shocking yet unavoidable conclusion.
That ending works wonderfully, forcing the audience to reconsider everything that came before. Scott clearly lives in his own fantasy world, and it’s an absolute trip to be let into it.