Posts Tagged ‘Comedy’
A crooked cop, a mob boss and the young girl they abuse are the denizens of a city’s criminal underworld. It’s a world that ordinary Arthur Poppington doesn’t understand and doesn’t belong in, but is committed to fighting when he changes into a vigilante super-hero of his own making, Defendor. With no power other than courage Defendor takes to the streets to protect the city’s innocents.
Defendor is advertised as a comedy and does indeed start out that way, but as the movie progresses the comedy slowly turns to drama until it reaches the point where it is too sad to have any comedic value. To save people from disappointment you should go in expecting a drama with some comedic elements. Woody Harrelson stars as Defendor and puts out a great performance throughout the whole film. Even with his great performance the rest of the film doesn’t add up to it. The plot was interesting, but cliche and predictable at some parts. It also stretches the imagination with many of the events that happen.
The main thing that I believe holds the movie back is the ending. I won’t spoil the ending, but as things progress in the story the movie feels like it has potential to be really good and then once everything happens you kind of feel ripped off. In a way the ending could be considered more realistic, but so many other things in the movie felt unrealistic that it doesn’t really go together. With all that said Defendor isn’t a terrible movie and if anything may be worth it to see just for Woody Harrelson’s performance. Just don’t expect a straight comedy.
My Rating: 6/10
Originally posted 2010-03-25 10:47:22.
3 interconnecting stories set along the Lincoln Highway in South Central Pennsylvania. ‘Deer Hunters’ Wives’ tells of the frustrations of Civil War tour guide Mandy, who obsesses on Jenny Wade, the only civilian killed at the battle of Gettysburg. While her friend June struggles with an Internet porn scheme to make extra money. ‘What I Believe’ focuses on a man who seeks the help of a Christian Scientist to heal his back pain and explain the Big Foot that chased him down the mountainside. ‘Original Bill’ is the story of a writer who buys a farmhouse in the country in hopes to find unique inspiration to write his novel. He is sidetracked by his Amish neighbor, who smokes, drinks, swears and watches his TV.
Route 30 is advertised as a comedy, but seemed to lack the humor aspect. It’s possible not being from a small town makes all the jokes fly over my head, but I tried to watch the film with an open mind. The 3 stories don’t really connect that much and are very dull. The first story had some potential due to the quirky characters and trying to figure out what is going to happen, but once that story ends and nothing too special happens it sets up failure for the next two stories. It was very difficult to make it through the whole film and to care about the characters, but I did finish it for the sake of the review. Without bashing the film too much there were some random parts that had potential and were semi interesting, but they were few and far.
The overall acting wasn’t very good and it felt as if most of the cast were first time actors, well aside from “Booger” from revenge of the nerds. Even Booger couldn’t save the film and in fact was pretty dull in it. Most people won’t get this movie and will be bored out of their mind, but if you know Route 30 or the area there may be some humor for you in it.
Route 30 Trailer
My Rating: 2/10
Originally posted 2009-10-30 18:52:01.