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THE ART OF SELF DEFENSE (2019): THe Thing I Liked…

The Art Of Self Defense (2019), Jesse Eisenberg, Bleeker Street
The Art Of Self Defense (2019), Jesse Eisenberg, Bleeker Street

It was the humour in the trailer for writer / director Riley Stearns’s comedy / drama The Art Of Self Defense that first had my attention. Then came my desire to see Jesse Eisenberg’s character Casey’s interest in self defense actually pay off.

Also starring Alessandro Nivola and Imogen Poots, the first third of The Art Of Self Defense proved quite uncomfortable to watch because it’s never fun to see a vulnerable person being taken advantage of. I therefore couldn’t wait for Casey to finally reap the benefits of his Karate lessons – which he does, but certainly not quite in the way one might expect.

I liked the general outline of Stearn’s story but similarly to Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster (2015)things took a dark turn I wasn’t fully expecting and I found myself wanting to go back to the more humorous phase, even though said phase was mixed in with uncomfortably vulnerable scenes.

There are two or more moments in Stearns’s film that had me questioning the believability of certain goings on. Also, towards the end, the editing had me feeling as though specific scenes had been skipped which unfortunately made the whole experience feel a tad rushed. 

Everyone performed well but my favourite is Nivola’s turn as sensei, because he’s the source of much of the little humour there is, plus his quiet confidence and general air of mystery also proved quite arresting.

Generally speaking, I really can’t say that I enjoyed The Art Of Self Defense more than it annoyed me and / or made me uncomfortable. Should you find yourself particularly curious though, especially if you liked The Lobster in its entirety, perhaps give The Art Of Self Defense a chance.

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THE ART OF SELF DEFENSE (2019): New Trailer From jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots….

The Art Of Self Defense (2019), Jesse Eisenberg, Bleecker Street
The Art Of Self Defense (2019), Jesse Eisenberg, Bleecker Street

Read my spoiler-free movie review of The Art Of Self Defense (2019)


New comedy The Art Of Self Defensestars Imogen Poots , Alessandro Nivola and Jesse Eisenberg

Directed by Riley Stearns it’s the story of Casey (Eisenberg) , a man who’s randomly attacked on the street and so begins a journey to learn self defense, with the help of a charismatic and mysterious Sensei.

The promise of comedy is why I’m interested and I definitely want to see Casey become less afraid. There’s also the fact that I already like Nivola’s character’s attitude. He reminds me quite a bit of Chris Messina’s Danny Castellano character in The Mindy Project.

Steve Terada, Phillip Andre Botello, Leland Orser, Josh Fadem, Elizabeth Howlett and Chris Lay also star.

The Art Of Self Defense Release Dates: June 21st, 2019 (US)…

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