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A crooked cop, a mob boss and the young girl they abuse are the denizens of a city's criminal underworld. It's a world that ordinary Arthur Poppington doesn't understand and doesn't belong in, but is committed to fighting when he changes into a vigilante super-hero of his own making, Defendor. With no power other than courage Defendor takes to the streets to protect the city's innocents.
Defendor is another home-made superhero, while it is similar to others like it, this jumbles certain aspects around to make it original in a way and placing its heart in something else. A couple off-moments in emotional sentiment and some pacing issues but Woody Harrelson did a fantastic job with this role, as the simple-minded and impressionable hero. Easily becomes likeable and you understand what he wants even though he doesn't completely know himself.
Remembor, I watched Defendor in Novembor.
This movie is an absolute gem
A simple minded man who has been a victim all his life decides to take on the citys drug kingpin, Who he blames for killing his mother when he was a child, But when he dresses up as a superhero and calls himself the Defendor he becomes a joke, But the city soon realises he is what a city gripped by fear needs and becomes a hero, Never heard of this film but was realy surprised by it , Excellent take on the super hero genre , A underrated classic
Defendor has the same deconstructionist approach to superheroes as other smaller films of the later 00s that use the zeitgeist to tell personal stories, such as Kick-Ass which focus around coming of age, Griff the Invisible which bonds 2 internally focused lovers, Paper-Man which projects the fantasies of a mid-life crises and also apparently (I haven't seen yet) Super.
Defendor focuses around a delusional adolescent man who foolishly and ineffectively tries to fight crime in particular his nemesis Captain Industry. These are not fantasy but set in the real world and told primarily through the psychological work up of a court councilor (Sandra Oh) who is determining how culpable Defendor/Arthur (Woody Harrelson) is in the assault and damage of a…
I'd heard a couple of people talk about this film; partly in reference to Super, which is a similar plot about a man without any powers becoming a superhero. This film doesn't have the dark humour of Super, and apart from the beginning, is mostly a serious film about a man with learning difficulties attempting to fight crime and avenge his mother's death. While Woody Harrelson is perfect as the title character, this film doesn't quite hit the spot it could have done, but I think it's a refreshing change to both Kick Ass and Super, and I'm glad I saw those first.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Happy endings are so strange.
I want them, but at the same time I hate when they happen. Most of them are so unreal...
I liked this movie because it almost gave me something real. I'd cut the last scene for two reasons: 1) sometimes bad guys just win... & 2) Was the last shot REALLY necessary?
I didn't love this movie, it has a lot of issues, but Woody Harrelson manages to do a good job on it and he's actually the only reason why you should give this movie a chance.
Defendor is a million times better than I could ever possibly have imagined in my wildest dreams. That is to say, it's OK.
When I first saw Defendor (which is the deliberate pronunciation) I thought it was gonna be either a bad low budget superhero movie or a bad low budget comedy superhero spoof. It's neither, but at the same time it kind of is both, but that's not really the point. No Defendor is really about an intellectually challenged individual that copes with his disability and loss of any family he had by dressing and fighting crime.
The problem is he's really bad at crime fighting not "ha ha" look at him try and fail bad but tragic bad.…
Defendor is less the satire on superhero culture I was expecting than it is an exploration of mental illness. Woody Harrelson and Kat Dennings bring the right amount of nuance to a pair of characters whose lives are characterised by feeling too much a sense of purpose or not enough. But the script itself is undercooked and the film ultimately says nothing about the themes it is exploring.
A missed opportunity.
Kick-Ass's existence is not the only reason that most moviegoers haven't heard about Defendor. The film just isn't great or memorable. Woody Harrelson is great and so is the rest of the cast, but the story is so incredibly flawed that the movie quickly turns into an average comedy. Kick-Ass has a similar concept, but the filmmakers really went all the way with that one and made it feel like something we had never watched before. Although Defendor came out one year prior, it feels like a cheap rip-off rather than an original movie.
cute but it made me sad??? i liked the satirical elements
Gets dark pretty quick but overall really entertaining.
Very clever, very funny, I liked it.
Mirage Man > Special > Super > Defendor