Defending Defendor

Well, just when you thought you were getting away with no Babble from me this week, the powers that be reminded me it was my turn to post. Fortunately for everyone involved I actually watched a movie last night that might interest you in some way, shape, or form. That movie would be Defendor (Yes, it’s deliberately misspelled.) and it stars Woody Harrelson.

 

First of all, I have to say that Woody Harrelson is one of those actors I really like, in limited doses. One Harrelson movie a year is enough for me, but when that one a year comes around it is usually pretty solid.

Fancy this, if you will. Harrelson plays Arthur Poppington, a man with multiple psychological disorders that manifest themselves by causing him to think he is a superhero called Defendor.

Utilizing the best of children’s spy kit technology, a World War One trench club, black padding and some duct tape, he prowls the city at night looking to take down his arch enemy: Captain Industry.

Along the way he makes friends with a teenage prostitute, druggy, run-away, and tries to help her out. Especially when she claims to know who Captain Industry is. Throw in a corrupt cop, the mafia and some biker gangs, and you have a pretty typical, but decent crime syndicate for Defendor to fight.

The real kicker is that he is certifiably crazy, and a good chunk of the plot involves a psychological evaluation from a court appointed shrink, played by Sandra Oh. He has one good friend, who offers to take him in if he stops with the Defendor bit. I won’t spoil what happens, but suffice it say that of course, he can’t stop being Defendor.

This movie is part dark comedy, part super hero deconstruction and part social commentary. Woody Harrelson plays the part of a down trodden crazy with super hero delusions well. You feel bad for Arthur as he tries to be something he isn’t; a super hero with no real powers who more often then not receives the bad end of a butt kicking. Don’t get me wrong, this is no tear jerker and the end is a little anticlimactic, but overall Woody does a decent job selling the part.

I think people as a whole will enjoy this movie, at least as a rental anyway. (Which is all you can see it as now anyway.) If you like offbeat superhero movies then you should definitely give this one a look.

All in all I give it 3.5 Babbles.

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