Review: Defendor

This one takes a while to get going, I think I was expecting more in the way of ‘funny ha ha’ and not a sweet and charming character study of a man who lets his only guide be his moral compass. Don’t get me wrong, there are a few laughs, but they are surpised out of you while you are slowly falling in love with Arthur (Woody Harrelson).

This is not your normal David vs Goliath story-actually this is not your normal anything story. All I can say is give it time. It takes until halfway into the final act for us to totally understand Defendor, as it does Kat Dennings’ hooker and Sandra Oh’s doctor. But once we do, it’s a lot like Arthur-simple and perfect.

PN grade: B

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