Not another list of the last five Marvel movies, but an attempt at creating The Superhero List To End All…
An unexpected hero will rise.
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.
This movie is an absolute gem
Remembor, I watched Defendor in Novembor.
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…
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
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 movie is an absolute gem
Decent story, with a good performance by Harrelson. Some nice moments of dark humour. Overall a nice debut by Stebbings.
Finally I caught up with this. Woody Harrelson as unlikely Superhero, normally this would be a movie especially made for me. But back then we already had a bunch of similar movies with more or less success.
Scott Pilgrim was only watchable with a high level of nerdism (which luckily I own :) ), but was more or less forgettable as a movie. Kick-Ass shocked with relentless violence and dark humor and even is great on a rewatch. Bobcat Goldthwait´s "God Bless America" is still one of my favorite satires. Dark, brutal, hilariously funny and full of social commentary.
So I was full, there was no appetite left for another self made hero.
And wow, DEFENDOR comes out of the…
Woody Harrelson plays a real-life superhero. The thing is that, in the end, you'd have to be crazy to actually be a superhero - and so this one actually is. Comparisons with Kick Ass are inevitable and, in the end, it seems that Kick Ass is the main reason most people won't have heard of this. Woody Harrelson's character regularly gets beaten up in his pursuit after "Captain Industry". His best weapon appears to be marbles (though wasps in a jar work pretty well too). He's keen to note that he doesn't have a cape because cape's are used for flying - and he can't fly.
As the plot advances, however, it becomes clear that he's not actually helping. The…
Film #1 of the "Scavenger Hunt #4" Challenge!
Task #22 : A vigilante film!
"If you break the law, you're a punk. If you break the law with a badge, you're a punk with a badge."
This film takes a while to get into. It starts rapidly and in what feels like the second act of a film. As a result of this, i spent a lot of time waiting for the flashbacks that would eventually explain the characters origins and general story. Once the film properly gets going it's a lot better and makes more sense, but it definitely suffers from its beginning.
I think the best thing about this film is Defendor, played by the…
This 'real-life' Superhero film follows Woody Harrelson's Arthur Poppington, a confused man who becomes the vigilante Defendor in order to fight crime in his city.
This film has ideas with potential but doesn't seem to know what it wants to do with them. It explores a couple of avenues but without much satisfaction and I'm not sure what it was trying to say. The main issue is the uneven tone. If it was a comedy I'm not sure if I should be laughing at the bad guys or Defendor or both, and if it was going for drama then I was bored before the end.
The whole thing felt like a trial run for James Gunn's very similar but superior…
Actually a film i enjoyed a lot more than i had expected. It is a bit of a different "superhero" film than usual, with a very genuine feeling to it from Woody Harrelson and Kat Dennings they make it feel very real and believable. Not so often you see the superhero dying in the end either:-(
Woody is excellent in the lead role and for a "superhero" film, this focuses a lot more on the "hero" and a lot less on the "super". It also has some important messages to deliver.
Alright, so I suppose it's possible that I misrepresented Defendor in my announcement post, just a tad. Maybe. Okay! I admit it, I said it was going to be ridiculous and pointless and in actual fact it may have been good. Like, really good.
You'll have to forgive me for my mistake though, as I had previously seen the trailer only, and it really does just look low budget version of Kick-Ass, or just some "new" rehash of a non-hilarious American Comedy. Turned out not to be the case at all. Given there's a moment or two of mild humour, in essence Defendor is a drama, despite its self-classification as comedy.
The film plays it small scale, and lacks the…
There is something about super hero movies that I can never get enough of. I can even tolerate a bad…