Adventures of Power is one of the best movies I have seen in quite awhile. I have to be honest, the picture on the cover made me think of Napoleon Dynamite, a film I did not care for all that much. But when I saw that comedy legends Michael McKean and Jane Lynch were in the cast, as well as the lovely Shoshannah Stern, I opted to give it a chance. I am so glad that I did.
The movie revolves around a young man named Power (Ari Gold, who also wrote and directed the film), who loves to play air drums. He lives with his aunt (Lynch), and works with his father (McKean), who is less than approving of the hobby. Actually, no one in his small town, whose lifeblood relies on a copper mining operation, approves much of Power, especially when he starts drumming on the job, at the mine. Facing tough times brought on by a greedy mine owner, Dick Houston (Richard Fancy), Power's father leads a strike. Despite disliking Power and his strange behavior, the air drummer inspires downtrodden workers to strike not only in his home town, but across the country, and to stand up to 'peace keepers', who put Power's father in the hospital.
Meanwhile, Power heads first to Mexico, and then to Newark, to discover his niche. In Newark, Power meets and falls in love with Annie (Stern), a deaf girl with a mother who hates rock and roll. He is taken in by Chinese restaurant owner Michael Fong (Chi Ling Chiu), and enrolls under the tutelage of drumming legend Carlos (Steven Williams), who has had both of his hands replaced with hooks. Carlos's class competes in a televised air drumming contest, and their biggest competitor is Power's foil, the son of Dick Houston, famous drumming sensation Dallas Houston (Adrian Grenier).