Monday, April 19, 2010

Defendor [2009]

Director: Peter Stebbings
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Kat Dannings, Sandra Oh
Rating: Teen (language, drug use)
Comment: "More than just a superhero movie..."

Just when you think you had enough of superhero movies, here comes another one. But if there's anything that had gone staler than superhero movies, it would be the parody of superhero movies. But here's when FPBM! goes wrong. Defendor is no superhero movie, let alone a parody of one.

Starring Woody Harrelson, Defendor tells the story of a mentally-challenged man who believes that he is a superhero named Defendor (hence the title). He embarks on a quest to find his arch-enemy. Along the way, he befriends a young prostitute.

Now, it's easy to mistake this for a superhero movie. But let me assure you it is no such thing. Defendor has no superpowers, and this movie features almost no CGI (aside from animated wasps) and nothing commonly found in an archetypal superhero movie. But it's really not just the absence of special effects, Defendor is a heart-warming tale of a man living in his own world seeking to make a difference in the real world.

I am with the critics on this one; Woody Harrelson did a spectacular job in this movie. A very likable leading man, he gave this movie both humour and heart.

Points Calculation

The Good [+100]
- Heart-warming
- Surprisingly original

The Bad [-0]
- (None)

100 - 0 = 100 points
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