Beautiful Hildur (Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir) is a woman of leisure. Her days are spent in coffee shops, clothing stores and salons. When her car dealership owing boyfriend is arrested, she finds herself without a home or funds to continue her lavish lifestyle. She gets a job at the Astropia Comic book store selling role playing games. She knows nothing of the product or the people that play it. It’s a clash of two worlds. She enjoys lounging around in corsets, while the nerds have never been around a pretty girl. Together they find more in common than first imagined.
The premise at first seemed like it was pulled from a movie starring Reese Witherspoon. Fortunately, it’s goes beyond the obvious with comedy about love, friends and life. The backdrop of Comic book store is literally the polar opposite of where the Hildur would be and the exactly the sort of place a nerd would find her. The film quickly moves past the caricatures of what you’d expect in the situation and instantly became more interesting. Yet it still maintains it’s sense of humour as it grows.
True to the setting, there are some gloriously geeky moments. There is of course the obligatory Star Wars and Star Trek references but you’ll find characters yelling out meme-tastic lines like WoW’s Leroy Jenkins!
There’s no doubt that Jónsdóttir’s Hildur is pretty, but when there’s opportunities for her flex her acting, she really makes the most of it. The rest of the supporting cast is quite strong as well a great geeky one-liners from her fellow staff at the store.
The only part that could have been stronger is the special effects. It’s understandable for an indie flick, let alone one from Iceland. However, it doesn’t take away from the genuine charm the movie has.