It’s time for the little guy to stand up for what’s right! This week in theaters Woody Harrelson appears on the big screen as Defendor, a guy willing to risk his own life, takeshis marbles and lime juice to the streets and attempt to defend the city from evil in the ultimate battles of Defendor vs. Captain Industry. Much like the lead character, this film has a lot of heart and isn’t afraid to take risks.
Lets take a look at why this film rises above the rest…
- Director/Writer: Peter Stebbings
- Cast: Woody Harrelson, Kat Dennings, Elias Koteas, Sandra Oh, Elias Koteas
- Music: John Rowley
- Cinematography: David Greene
The film is a dramedy about a man named Arthur Poppington (Harrelson) who decides to become a superhero to help those in need. He fights against Captain Industry who he blames for the death of his mother and while on his journey for revenge, he meets and befriends a young prostitute (Dennings) who helps him along the way for crack.
- The Idea: Every film starts with an idea and grows from there. There was something about this film, its characters and the way that it was put together that feel very genuine. From the heart of the story about a struggling man who by all means should want to hate the world, but instead simply wants to make the world a better place to the way that it’s presented, there is something very simple and endearing about this film that makes you appreciate it and look past some minor faux pas.
- The Dark Tone: Yes it’s a comedy (or dramaedy), but unlike some films of this genre which like to walk the line and never go too deep into either side, it’s not afraid to be brutally honest and go to really dark when needed. Even when a scene is humorous there is always a dark underlying current that can always be felt and rises up whenever needed. It’s a brave choice but well pulled off.
- Woody Harrelson: There are very few actors that can act as crazy as him and yet come off as relate-able. Adding to the genuine quality that I mentioned earlier is a beautiful performance by Harrelson who is able to show both the humor and the depth of his character without ever looking like he’s trying.
- Pacing: The film did have some moments that dragged a bit. While playing with the dark tone, sometimes is would become a bit too dreary and had trouble regaining its comedic momentum. That being said, this was only the case for a few moments and for the most part is balanced both sides very nicely.
- Too Much Crack: It’s great that Kat Dennings went full crack-whore on us and she does a great job in the film, but (someone please correct me if I’m wrong) she’s ALWAYS sucking on her pipe. Doesn’t one normally take a few hits and then enjoy the high? And if a crackhead really takes that many hits wouldn’t that take a LOT of crack? Because she wasn’t supposed to have that much. Although I can’t really fault her on this, because I don’t really know the answer… I need some help, can anyone give me some insight on how much crack-heads sucks on their crack pipes? (I feel like I just wrote the start of a knock, knock joke)
The film was an enjoyable twist from the norm and well put together. It’s not a film that will change your life, but it definitely will leave you with a sense of fulfillment walking out of the theater.
Defendor will be in theaters February 26th.