Life. It’s short, but it’s also the lengthiest event we’ll experience. It’s such a fascinating subject. Why are we here,? Why are we who we are? What could I have done better? So many questions about something we mostly take for granted.
Ladies and gentlemen… “The Hero”.
Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is an old actor who was famous for playing a gunslinger back in the day. And one day he gets the news that he has cancer and will eventually die from it. So we follow his journey as he tries to come to terms with his past mistakes/successes and his mortality. And right up front, this plot is filled with clichés. He has an estranged daughter (Krysten Ritter), he was known for one thing which has followed him his entire life, he meets a woman (Laura Prepon) that he strikes up a relationship with… and overall the plot isn’t very original. And there are moments where it can come off as a little bit pretentious with long, contemplative shows of oceans and nature and shit like that. But it’s still an honest and heartfelt plot that I could easily follow, and I found myself interested in what was going on. Yes, it is clichéd, and it’s not perfect, but it’s still pretty solid.
The characters in this can, like the plot, come off as a bit cliché. But I still found myself interested in them and their parts in the story. Sam Elliott plays Lee Hayden, a very Sam Elliott-y man. He’s never had a true big break, and is known mainly as a bit of a cowboy… kind of like Sam Elliott. He’s a charming old man that we get to know pretty well throughout the movie. And I have to say that Elliott was fantastic in the role. It’s a fairly subdued performance, and it really impressed me. Laura Prepon plays Charlotte, the woman that Lee finds himself striking up a bit of a romance with. While she isn’t the deepest of characters, I still found myself caring about her somewhat due to her interesting relationship with Lee. And Prepon is really good in the role. Nick Offerman plays Lee’s weed dealer/best friend. He’s a fun presence popping up a couple times throughout the movie, and Offerman is good in the role. Krysten Ritter plays Lee’s estranged daughter Lucy, and she isn’t the happiest with her old man. She is fairly bitter when we meet her, but not to an unrealistic degree. She is willing to give him a chance, even if it’s not the most tempting thing. And Ritter is really good in the role. Really, every actor in this movie does a good job.
The score for the movie was composed by Keegan DeWitt and it was good. It’s very much so in the “contemplative drama” style of music, where you have a lot of droning or distant-sounding high notes to create a thought-provoking mood for the movie, with the occasional piano thrown in there. And it works well for this movie. There were also a couple of licensed tracks used in the movie and they worked fine for their scenes. Good music.
This movie was directed by Brett Haley and I think he did a good job with it. The movie almost has a dreamlike quality at times, even in moments that aren’t dream sequences, which gives the movie a fairly unique feel. And the cinematography by Rob Givens was really good, this movie looks really good. For anyone wondering, this movie is partially listed as a comedy, but there isn’t too much humor here, it is mainly a drama. But the little humor there is in this I thought was pretty funny. Just thought I’d adress it just so you didn’t go watching this thinking it was a straight-up comedy.
This movie has gotten some okay reception On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 77% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 61/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,6/10.
While flawed, “The Hero” is still a solid little drama. It has a pretty good plot, mostly meh characters, great performances, really good music, and really good directing/cinematography. My problems with the movie are the plot being very clichéd and also most of the characters not being that great. Time for my final score. *Howdy*. My final score for “The Hero” is a 7,77/10. While flawed, I’d say that this movie is most definitely worth a rental.
My review of “The Hero” is now completed.
I just want Sam Elliott to narrate my life…