The Art of Self-Defense

2019

Comedy / Crime

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IMDb Rating 7.2

Synopsis


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104 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by chndnnyk 9

I saw this gem at a recent film festival. This is why I go to see movies - something original, something "real," and something important. I didn't find it preachy at all, actually I thought it got it's point across in the best way possible - by being funny and entertaining. The movie starts off by grabbing your attention with how weak of a character Casey is, and how cruel his world is. His world is unrealistically desolate and lonely. But the way he rises out of it is why the movie goes from boring Wes Anderson fantasy to kick-ass Fight Club absurdity. Yes, there are absurd moments but they are completely consistent with the theme of the movie. A theme that needs to be shown again and again in cinema. I won't explicitly state it, but it is the reason this movie goes from average to great, albeit 45 minutes in. A little more gruesome than I'm used to, but I still enjoyed it.

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Reviewed by CharlesAncelle 9

The Art of Self-Defense has a lot more to offer than the good old fun it seems to be at first.It follows the story of Casey, a nerdy accountant with very little social skill, and a total pushover by every possible measure, a role which, obviously, fits Jesse Eisemberg perfectly.<br/><br/>Casey doesn&#39;t have much going on in his life, but on the surface, he seems perfectly content to let other people step all over him. As long as they leave him alone for the most part, he&#39;s happy to go on with his frighteningly boring routine.<br/><br/>However, one night, Casey gets attacked by a mob of a few bikers, who mug him and mostly beat him up badly enough to send him to the hospital.After his painful recovery, Casey stumbles upon a Karate class, and decides to join it. But the eccentric Sensei (Alessandro Nivola) soon turns out to have a lot more to teach than Karate moves - he teaches an entire way of life, one that will put Casey on an entirely new path, one that threatens to change him to the very core.<br/><br/>Now it would be easy to summarize the film as a satire on hypermasculinity, but yes, on the surface, what Sensei is preaching is essentially for his pupils to become some sort of hyper virile, violent beings defined only by their strength - and the film is pushing this to the extreme and spinning it on its head to hilarious effect. But on a deeper level, what this is really about is Casey&#39;s journey from being weak, to being strong, and what are the moral repercussions of exerting that strength. What does it mean to stand up for oneself, and then for others? In many aspects, what the film explores is how strength and its intrinsic values lead to various forms of conflict, to confrontation, and what are the consequences of dealing with these forms of conflict?<br/><br/>All I can say without spoiling, is that the film explores this theme with a fresh, and most often, hilarious point of view, and it&#39;s definitely worth seeing for that reason, if not for the terrific performances of the leads (including Imogen Poots, who I didn&#39;t get a chance to mention to avoid spoilers).

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Reviewed by davebartle 5

I wanted to like this, but it was ruined by absolutely terrible character development. For example, Sensei is evil because he is a misogynist. How do we know? He explicitly states it. There is zero subtlety in this movie and every character is one dimensional (with a not so subtle left wing message attached).I kept waiting for the clever twist at the end, but it didn&#39;t come. Everything you guessed in the first fifteen minutes is what eventually happens.If you can get past the basic screen writing class level script, this movie is okay to have on in the background while you are doing something else.

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