The Monk and the Gun

audience Reviews

, 100% Audience Score
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    The movie showcases the culture and mindset of the Bhutanese people, adding a sprinkle of humor. In my opinion, Bhutan is the most joyful nation on Earth.
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic movie. The perfect tonic for our modern ills. After being fed on a diet of endless hyper-processed Hollywood junk, this movie was like finally tasting pure fruit and drinking fresh water. The cinematography was spectacular and made me feel like I was really there, in the hills of Bhutan, and the script was so humble and simple. A welcome reminder of what life is really all about. It was funny and wise and heartwarming and a great commentary on the current polarization in Western society. This movie is a must-watch for everyone!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    This was such a great and funny film. Loved it!
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    With a title like The Monk and the Gun I think I can be forgiven thinking this was gonna be a straight action film. Instead I got a genuinely endearing, profoundly uplifting experience, presenting a timely satirical jab at American democracy and a fascinating philosophical look at life in Bhutan. The film deals with difficulties and downsides of bringing in foreign influences to a country that calculates a Gross National Happiness index, all through wonderful filmmaking and such vibrancy like a wistful breeze of goodwill from the foothills of the Himalayas. Strong performances from a cast whom for many this film marks their first acting gigs help sell the relaxed tone and confidence of Dorji's vision. Insightful as it is incredibly funny, The Monk and the Gun takes perfect pot shots where it counts offering up a perceptive of freewheeling convergence of modernity and tradition.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    It's feels like a twist ending but really not. You just don't know where story is going while being quite intriguing and funny throughout. One of best movies I've seen this year.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Wonderful story, with a nice twist - and lots of subtile humor.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    The movie insightfully delves into the pros and cons of democracy. The photography is very captivating to the eye. The overall acting is good but I thought the acting of the American was very mediocre and did not fit into the overall quality of the actors.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    So much to see on this I can’t really get to it all without spoilers. Suspenseful build up to the end. Genuinely satisfying. Now when all the influencers see this movie, they are definitely going there…oh well
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Very interesting story about a small country that we knew nothing about until now - beautiful scenery, acting is good, humor/satire with some mild jabs at the US, great story. Seems Hollywood focuses now on trashy, stupid, or comic strip movies that don't interest us. It's good to see some film makers are making intelligent movies.
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    I had the good fortune to be in Bhutan during this hectic transition from the most gentle version of spiritualitocracy to reluctant democracy. I almost rented the King's mountain bike, it's a small country. This movie captures so many of the contradictions and the humor in the process. More importantly, it raises the question of whether democracy, as we have known it, is really good for a community or just another commercial good to be sold? The only false note for me is the western actor. I'm assuming he is a friend of the producers. Awkard and jarring.