Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Day 187

movie: Defendor
starring: Woody Harrelson, Sandra Oh,
genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Crime
year: 2009
format: Shaw Video on Demand

plot: A man with a mental disability believes he is in fact a superhero named the Defendor as he fights crime in Hamilton Ontario with the help of a young prostitute.

I was surprised by this film.  It could have gone in a very different direction, like many movies that have been based on comics. 
But, here's the kicker,  it is not based on a comic.
I think the fact it does not hide the Canadian elements of it helped to make it a bit more interesting.  Way too often you are given a movie with a superhero that is based in New York, and giving this a Canadian setting was just a bit of a nice surprise.

Watching this, I was thinking that there was no other actor who could have pulled this off.  Harrelson manages to make you believe in his character sometimes just with the way he stares off to the side and tilts his head jutting his jaw.  There is something sweet but calculating in the way the character takes the time to think about what it is he needs to say.  The pairing of him with Kat Dennings at first seemed out of place but after a few minutes of the two on screen together, you understand the reasoning for pairing.  The relationship between their characters has you teetering between the vibes of a school ground romance and a brother-sister relationship. Which I thought was a brilliant way to express it.  You`re never really sure if the Harrelson character is capable of seeing the character of Dennings as a grown up would

what do i think i learned from this film?
You never know where you are going to find a hero.

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