The Art of Self-Defense Angry Movie Review

The Art of Self-Defense Angry Movie Review



I just got back from a film this evening that I enjoyed very much it stars Jesse Eisenberg as a character that takes karate and it changes his life and I enjoyed it karate changes a man just I throw punched you right there that's what I did it's a technique you just got the amount of times for violence I don't wellnot deadly weapons on times and happens thank you for saying it's a deadly weapon so I'm sort of talking in slightly monotone ways and overtly explaining what I'm doing with in this movie review for a movie that I enjoyed watching and I think that if you enjoy dark comedies you're really going to enjoy the art of self-defense Jesse Eisenberg was born to play this role this sort of geeky very socially awkward guy who gets pushed around and isn't well respected anywhere and he has this intense desire to not be that way anymore and be the thing that he fears be these other men that tired of being scared so picks up this class I really like this movie because they kind of remind me of Napoleon Dynamite and the foot fits way do you usually just like some films they would I had like tri humor upon second watching it gets better I think with this film the more you watch the better it gets yeah I mean it's a great dark comedy I didn't think I was going to like this very much there's something about the way that I'd the trailers I saw but it completely surprised me because I haven't quite forgiven Jess bird for her Lex Luthor because he's still yeah the whole Jolly Rancher thing but he kills it as on this role he was born to play this guy he's so awkward and such a coward and he doesn't deserve any of the things it happened to him but he's afraid of everything in his life and so he takes karate to to get his confidence and then weird dark shit starts to happen and it's it's really good it is the way it's filmed and how it sort of slowly devolves into it or slowly opens up into a really interesting plot you think it's mainly just about Jessie sort of empowering himself and becoming something different and trying to change his life and yeah it gets pretty crazy and I really enjoyed the story and you know although you're it's outrageous when you take it out self at face value because it goes over the top in certain areas most definitely almost like you're in kind of a you know a dream world not really a dream world but it's like you know they don't really have to deal with consequences it seems like but I think that it was done all on purpose and you know really carried the film nicely Jessie with his with his character and his relationship with his dog and things like that I only had a couple problems with the film I think that they they could have done a little better job to make things a little less transparent I mean they it wasn't as foreshadowing you just they show you something you're like okay I know now I know how this thing is gonna resolve and I wish you had just like shrouded it a little bit more so I would have kind of wouldn't have known what was happening but it's not so much that I didn't enjoy the film I think that's if there's gonna be a point that you know of something I didn't like that was that was the big thing for me yeah cuz there's really not much to it I mean we basically just told you what it is it's about some geeky guy wanting to never not be a geek anymore and take control of his life and be a man and what it's like to you know man and it's I think it does make some commentary on some toxic masculinity and what some some men believe what is a real man and you know the way they treat women I'm not really sure how deep that goes you know I think maybe you can even look at it as sort of a feminist take you can even kind of think that you know there that a lot of this stuff is eluding towards patriarchy and things like that but I didn't really like like you said Alex we talked before you didn't see you know I don't see it I don't see it's there it's absolutely there because of the character I mean just the characters it's a 19 talk about women yeah not not useful they shouldn't do karate and they're just generally weak yeah but it's not so heavy-handed that even someone who's sensitive about the matter in either direction isn't going to like it because of it or not like it because of it did you guys take karate yeah I don't I don't even remember what Bell achieve I think I just stopped at yellow which is the next belt up from white at least the one that I went to you know I didn't well I had a friend who worked at it so like we would go and like hang out after in like when we were all just like first got jobs in high school but now I never did it as a kid karate empowers you and I don't know the way you feel with the way he felt he would you want some always it'll wear his belt even like in real-life situations because he feels safe it's a safety blanket and it it makes you transform into a different person when you're in the dojo and you really like you get addicted to that that feeling and I think yeah good hi yeah I think I think they alluded to a lot to that and then you know basically on how society is structured as well they talked a lot about the hierarchy of the karate but they're really alluding to the hierarchy in life and so I think there's a lot of subtle things and like like Alex said you can read into it as deep as you want you know I mean you can go very light and say oh it's not really making a political point it's not really making a social point or you can think that it's all about that so and when a film is open to interpretation like that I think it's cool even though the story is really straightforward and the story is quite enjoyable and I really really enjoyed it it's dark there's a reason why they call it a dark comedy so if you like movies with clever dialogue I think this is well liked clever and kind of a it's so dry it's so matter-of-fact yeah it's it's it was a pleasure to watch and I was really surprised I'm glad I saw it's something I'm definitely keeping an eye on this director he's from Austin Texas – yeah I kind of want to watch this again like I say with the other movies you watch it is the second time it get to Zach Riley Riley Stearns yeah you know he's good good so let's go ahead and give some final works for it yeah I'm gonna give this a seven I really enjoyed it it was a good film the characters were all great none of them really were knowing or anything and it was great character development by Jessi's mm-hmm so seven out of ten for me I really like this one too I think that the dialogue was really clever I liked most the characters I think that it kind of dragged a little bit through some parts and I think like I said that there was there was things that were so transparent that I didn't I wanted to kind of have the story unfold slowly and I think if you just eat moderately paying attention you know exactly what's gonna happen and I think that you know that kind of knocks a point off so I think I mean I'm between like a seven and an eight but like I I like to say if you're if you're into a dark comedy I think this is like an 8 out of 10 yeah like like they've said already the characters are fascinating the sensei who runs the dojo his lines are very funny we saw this in a live early screening where they were broadcasting and I think in Brooklyn or somewhere and there was some the actors were being interviewed and it was really why were you why did you take the role and they were just being blunt as hell and that was and that's sort of like the movie is and I really like that and all the characters act that way and if it seems like I'm sort of low energy it's like no I'm trying to match the energy of the film where it's just kind of a matter of fact and yeah it's really good really really good if you like those sorts of things and even if you don't I think that this is one that you can venture out and watch and test the waters a little bit and see if you're more into these kind of artsy films or that do something a little bit different outside of the Hollywood norm so yeah check it out art of self-defense I think I'm gonna go with a an 8 out of 10 I did really enjoy and it's good good so let thank you so much for watching we're gonna go ahead and jump into spoilers for this one I'm don't think this is a limited release I couldn't find anything about that so I think it will be in all theaters and we honestly had a great time at that theater stay we saw two movies we're gonna review also another movie coming up so take take a look at that if not thank you so much for watching and we will see you in the spoiler section bye guys spoilers section for art of self-defense so what the hell is this thing about he gets beat up he gets mugged in the very beginning of the film and then it had a crushes him he doesn't go to work for like four weeks and yeah in the hospital and he's already a timid quiet like I don't wanna say call him a coward but he's kind of a coward and then he washe stumbles by a karate studio and he comes in and ask for lessons and so it's taking him and then the story discharged he goes to a gun store thinking maybe he can use self-defense I need something that will maybe you know gun that'll fit in my hand you know that's the kind of comedy that's in there um I was I really the the store he's like basically the sensei's like do not go in this room and now you could tell something's up and after he gets beat up right away I kind of noticed that these guys are gonna be the motorcycle fees you know yeah the hoodlum so when you say that the film was predictable at least in that way I was like I don't think that takes away from it at all it did it you it took it did it did absolutely because I don't think that there was a need for them to have it be as heavy I mean they clearly show I mean you see a female bike rider you see a bunch of the other dudes what it better for you I'm just curious and in the way they wanted to tell the story to have the motorcycle gang be a completely separate faction or use lackeys where you could see their face and then the sensei ends up being the leader almost like a more evil version of Cobra Kai or so it could be something like that it is yeah because once you know once I knew it was happening I there wasn't the tensions like oh how is he gonna figure it out it's like well it's very clear because he tells you that oh we do stuff at night you know with the night class I'm not invited to the night class it's like well now you've told me how this is gonna happen I think that was done on purpose though so that you have this sort of frightening electrifying tension you know there's something not quite right with this sensei in the night class and when they have their confrontations and when he's speaking very slowly and methodically in the class and he fucking snaps his fucking elbow into bone comes out what is weird and get the fuck out of here who he later kills either he commits suicide it's suicide because like he was saying even after these students we're talking about a blue belt who wanted to really move up in the ranks and go to night class and be the best yeah which of shady stuff he's forcing these guys to pay for his karate class even after they're done so he just blackmailing yeah well and so in this room that has been locked off for a while he's basically has a crematorium he burns bodies of people that he fucking kills young and steals just Petty's like a petty SATs man there was no police what was the point in this criminal plan but it's more to sign up for karate yeah I think so too simultaneously cuz remember it he says sign ups are going through the roof I need somebody who is an accountant and he hires on Jesse's character because he's he's he's blackmailing all of his former students to continue paying because he has some videotapes of them broken so I thought they were gonna kind of dive into more of his character and find out more of his stuff but they don't really talk about it much so you know I love Jesse's relationship with this little peanut dog his little yeah and and I just killed me to see that you know one day he comes home and his dog is fucking dead and I was just I hate okay it goes all he goes fucking John lick not really you know but he gets fucking pissed and he goes right back to the dojo cuz he has an idea he thinks it's the sense that well he knows because his his dog was punched he the vets like I know my dogs but did your dog's been punched but with a foot and it's like I know that it's not possible I know it doesn't make any sense if your dog was kicked with a punch and obviously they say that at the dojo and he fucking goes straight to the dojo disrespects it by walking on the mat with shoes taking footin I'm feeling a little thirsty after ate all this food spits the food out and drinks and spits it and and the sensei comes out and they have a confrontation did you kill my dog just the way the dialogue is set up and these characters who were fascinated with and there's dangerous and then this plucky guy who you're rooting for it's just great great fucking scenes and these actors are really doing a good job selling all these things he tries to fight him there but he's open and he's fucking knocks him out and he should have known at that point that this isn't gonna end but apparently he convinces him no I didn't kill your dog you know and yeah he just he says it three times you believe I mean they kind of they show that Jesse's power levels ramping up because like Jesse walks up to a car and karate chops the beer off and then he kicks the tires and the tyres explode and they like karate chops something else in half and you're like oh man is he getting stronger but there's no surreal aspects to the film cuz you can't kick a fucking car tire and deflate the fucking tire in a single kick shot he did you the one who can cannot go can do this do anything oh no Joe anyways so by the end and here's the thing that we were talking about about potential you know that the social justice aspect and the patriarchy is that these men are constantly or the sensei in particular it just believes that women have no purpose in karate they're weak and you know he uses her really starting to give that the fact that she's a woman is preventing her from becoming a real man you know I mean that kind of preventing her from being a man you know basically and they have a lot of homoerotic stuff so once they you know sort of you know finish beating on this one they take their clothes off and they rub each other's bodies while they're naked or some of them leave their boxers on and then he basically the first time this is at the night class the legendary night class that all this happens or they kick the fuck out of each other and then they massage each other he he's like you don't get to you know massage the the guys I'm gonna show you where you will go just this one night I really apologize about he's being sincere I'm like oh fuck isn't gonna like fucking kill him or just push him over or I don't know be mean to him or try to do something he doesn't want to do but no he goes to the women's locker and there's the one girl in their maintenance closet maintenance closet and he's like sorry women our hands are fucking weak and she'll be able to massage as good as a man would but you know but it's better than you must self massaging yourself so and they sort of form a little bit he forms a relationship with her nothing like a romantic relationship but just a friendship and that's a thread through here that the that that girl actually saved his life it's revealed once he's looking through the videotapes of the time that the karate biker games what does he do with those tapes copies blackmail no he has copies of him he's like volume 13 oh okay so that's what his business is it's like when whole you know the hobos there be each other and sounds like so that's what it is they're like snuff films but like karate beating people up and like stacks of yeah so so that's what it was and they were gonna kill him but it is the girl that says did you hear that I hear silence coming remember is like we don't hear sirens coming it's like but it's my feminine ears that can hear them a lot further than then they're like okay you know so she has her they constantly you know keep her down she's earned the right to move up and he's really just keeping her everyone I mean at one point he picked gives this this other guy the black belt before she does and she thought he was she was talking her up but no and then he's like move move down the IR ki I am now above you blue belt or whatever bounce around you brown belt right and then she'd be so fuckin him in night class just to prove a point that she is a better fighter than he so they got that whole thread plot line where eventually she becomes the dojo leader because Jessie it's almost a little weird cuz I feel like did Jessie really understand that he killed his dog and then just accepted it or he accepted his excuse and he's like no maybe he didn't kill my dog no he knows he knows the guy with so he knows that the gang killed his dog yet he isn't sure which one and he's gonna let it go until he can figure out which one actually did it it wasn't he believes the sensei but the sensei didn't kill his dog so he works for the sensei and then later on in his house he notices the sensei or the biker gang or whatever probably the sensei gave him a German Shepherd because they had talked about it in the in the room where it's like what kind of music do you listen to adult contemporary no fuck that shit you're listening to heavy metal that's fucking bad-ass it's a lizard because it's a you know fucking great ass of beats and drums really fast and the riffs and the breakdowns but you know this kind of music does scare people you know when you're listening to it and they roll up their windows and shit and they think that you're tough especially if you got the look with it which is when his sensei was all about uhm so he gives him the German Shepherd and then like right at that point he's like you know I've had enough I'm gonna fucking kill the sensei but not before the biggest part were the sensei hasn't beat up some random guy in a bar yeah hmm I mean I was just like in middle of the film because the sensei is all about blackmailing his students in order to get them to do stuff so he's he's like he pretty much has a pizza he's tells him that it's one of the guys who mugged him since he knows better so he just beats up a innocent you know wasn't his boy yeah I just went along with it yeah so yeah one of my favorite jokes had happened though when this whole thing was when Jesse he had his whatever he has his belt on he has this sense of security like he could take on the world but and he goes to the office he doesn't have his belt so then he gets these belts me yeah he's like I got a yellow leather belt the company only let me order these of older 50 yeah so I made some for the whole class well I hope you don't watching this without watching the damn movie these otherwise they don't sound that funny but trust me the movie sets up they're funny they're really interesting and fascinating little doodads and they all wear the balanced when he basically decides okay fuck this I'm not gonna deal with this anymore and we get a peek inside the sensei's life where he comes early every fucking day cleans up blood you know takes care of you know any dead bodies or whatever and then he's meditating in front of his old master which by the way do you think that his old master was killed by the sensei you know what I'm saying cuz remember he had a horrible accident and I was like no I don't think so now I was like maybe I'm like you didn't look like a good guy that would use a gun yeah I just want to use fist okay I see what you're saying cuz it was old but he could have just been I don't know saying that but yeah so the sensei has this rainbow fucking belt it's like a glue gun together – maybe he survived that that the grants ends and we can get a sequel or anywhere to take some I want this to be a French watching awesome this was anyway so he's sort of you know honoring him and then Jesse comes up behind him almost like in a black G himself like he's and he's basically challenging him for the dojo and he says I'm gonna kill you you know and he's like and I'm gonna challenge you to unarmed combat and he's like but you're gonna lose your I'm better at fighting than you are and he's like well I'm this is something I have to do and they're very respectful to each other and they figure is and I expect that it's like right let's duel I'll fight you later on tonight but no he stands up you know a little bit later and he stands up and then they go and and bow and they bow and then fucking shoot some in that it turns out he did buy the gun and he walks right up to his is you know I got two things to say to you what is he saying there there are I you know you said something about by the rules that there are no rules and then quotes a television show they saw and he also said you knowing you you probably would have thought that using a gun is weak because the eleventh rule on the dojo is weak but I would argue that you're the one that's weak because I am alive and you're dead so just great and then instead of and then he's got the whole class in front of him you're like thinking wait a minute these guys you know my they might react badly to it they might attack him but no you know they're they are kind of scared of him he's kind of who see me be the next one shoves his index fingers through the bullet hole and and tells them it's like well they I used the grandmasters lost technique of punching through his skull with my index finger and blowing out the back of his head so I didn't use a gun I used my finger and because I had power this is now my this is my dog Jones yeah and they all believed I mean he's like fucking everybody put your hands out and some of them do and so everybody does it and he brings his German Shepherd indoors and he notices the one guy that got earned the black belt over the girl has that his dog bit him he has a dog by dog so the same guy that whupped his ass and almost killed him yeah and that's the guy that did all those things and he orders his German Shepherd who we see off screen he bonds with him and he is the Alpha so he has transformed legitimately into an alpha dog and he has the dog kill that dude and everybody is fucking scared and but he doesn't be he's not the sensei he passes that honor to the girl who earns it and his been there since day one yeah and she has earned it she's probably a better fighter than him too and then he does what the sensei was originally going offered him a position originally offered him to teach the the children and so you're here in the background Jesse you know teaching the children and it's kind of how it ends yeah so I mean he legitimately does learn karate and he does get powerful as you were saying because they what you think be all of these things are by himself so could just be him imagining that he's like kicking tires and making explodes good yep alright so those are the spoilers for the art of self defense we highly recommend you see it and Jesse this was a great this is this is you at your best I know you're probably getting upset that people typecast you as this character right but you played so well it really does and so this makes up maybe a little bit for for Lex Luthor no no no he didn't killed it here but you guys for me because honestly that never existed alright so that's it thank you so much for watching we'll see you guys on the next egg rejoice show bye guys

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