Sunday, May 15, 2011
1565 - Defendor
It's the story of a mentally challenged man (fetal-alcohol syndrome) who is convinced that a man named Captain Industry killed his prostitute mother when he was a child, and so he's become a vigilante known as the Defendor (NOT Defender!). What surprised me most about this film was that it would have been so easy to just go with the dark comedy, but there's some goddamn heartbreaking moments here - some real harsh stuff. It's stylized, but there feels like there's an honesty to how it all transpires throughout. There's a lot going on but somehow the tone of this film works for it completely. It's not cheesy, it's not shlocky. It takes some superhero genre stuff and plays with it in an interesting way that fits emotionally and dramatically as well for a guy that's real. Woody Harrelson is simply fantastic in this role, funny, endearing, heartbreaking. It's a film worth seeing regardless, but if absolutely nothing else it's a film worth seeing for his performance. For anyone who trashes Canadian cinema, give it a check out - if we made more films like this we would certainly be in a better situation with our film industry. It's dark, yet accessible, dark and yet I think it would play well to a wide audience. Go. See. It.
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