23rd May2014

‘Biker Fox’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Frank P. DeLarzelere III | Directed by Jeremy Lamberton

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Biker Fox, also known as Frank P. DeLarzelere III, is a resident of Tulsa Oklahoma, cycling enthusiast and car part salesman. This documentary, aptly named Biker Fox, documents his philosophy on life, following him as he works on his business, enjoys life and performs his favourite activity, which is cycling. Part documentary and part self help video, Biker Fox tells the viewer about the importance, of exercise, healthy living and keeping a positive attitude as we see his uneasy relationship with the city of Tulsa, himself and the challenges he has to face everyday.

Filmed mainly through what I assume is a hand held camera piloted by Biker Fox himself, we get to see Biker Fox, who always refers to Biker Fox in the third person, as he lives his life, giving us advice viewers on how he thinks we should live ours. If you haven’t already guessed it, Biker Fox is a rather eccentric character and we see how he has a love for wild animals and regularly feeds the raccoons on his property, how he thinks you should clear a wasps nest by ‘just grabbing it real quick’ (not the best idea) and how exercise can help you live a long and fulfilled life.

On the flip side to this, we also see Biker Fox the business man, the ruthless negotiator who has anger management issues and regularly battles the police who treat him unjustly for riding his bicycle. The result is quite an interesting mash up documentary and it feels like it contradicts itself on almost every turn.

Of course, this is supposed to be a comedy. Biker Fox is a over-the-top character who wants to entertain and spread his philosophy on life in a fun an exciting way. Plus he is the oldest person in the world who can do a front flip over the handle bars of a bike so he as got that going for him. The story is very silly at times, it does try to be funny and I personally found this tale to be quirky and interesting. Biker Fox is definitely an underdog, as the society he is in tends to reject him and his slightly more fantastical approach to life. But as the same time we see him preach kindness and love to the world around him, and then be ruthless and rude to customers of his business over the phone. This does leave a little bit of a bitter taste at the end of the film, seeing the potentially loveable character of Biker Fox turn out to be not quite the nice guy he makes himself out to be.

Ultimately, this film is definitely a great ‘ride’ in Biker Fox’s shoes (see what I did there?!) but doesn’t quite fill the comedic shoes it might have initially planned on.

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