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Starring Joseph Gordon Levitt, Natalie Portman and Rainn Wilson in a comedic, dark fairy tale about an eccentric, unhinged drifter who appears out of nowhere to help a struggling family deal with loss in the most unconventional of ways.
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Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2019
This movie is so beautiful and powerful. I can't even begin to detail how much this movie resonates with the human condition, and existential despair which Natalie Portman's character taps into. There is so much pain and loneliness in this movie and the characters that have lived through repeated trauma are suffering and yet their connection incites subtle yet profound actions and change. I am really grateful I stumbled across this movie. I only wish I had done so sooner. Please, if you are considering giving this a watch, I implore you, do so.
Watching Hesher has been a reminder of one thing I need to keep in mind when I watch movies on Amazon - the Stars mean nothing and I should avoid reading the reviews beforehand.
My initial impression was that this movie would be full of senseless violence, but let's be honest - the violence in this film is aimless, but it's no more present than what would be in your typical Hollywood thriller.
At the core of this film is a family struggling with grief; while perhaps exxagerated, I think of this as a menagerie of the nuances that individuals deal with while in mourning while trying to maintain some level of normalcy. Why would a movie where a family is experiencing this be easy to understand, or even enjoy?
Levitt's character is described as a "drifter" more or less, and we are lead to believe that his character wrecks everything he touches and has no sense of direction. I've concluded on my own that 'Hesher' is more-or-less a representation of the emotions related to grief (and, well, he's easier to appreciate that way) and that's precisely why his character "makes no sense" as other reviews here seem to suggest.
My only critism is that Portman's role feels flat, but honestly, that has more to do with my expectations of her as an actress and less to do with how well she played her specific character in this film.
This is a good one-and-done film if the oppurtunity presents its self for you. I would recommend!'
Not for everybody but if you dig satire, dark comedy and irreverence with a little heart you should go for it! Joseph Gordon-Levitt absolutely kills it as Hesher. He's like a foul-mouthed, tattooed violent heavy metal avenging f-you angel demon dude kind of guy in a van who drops into the life of TJ (Devin Brochu), a mouse of a kid who is mourning his recently dead Mom and has almost lost his grief-shocked dad (Rainn Wilson) to pills and self-pity. They wallow in their suburban hell, living with Grandma (brilliantly played character work by Piper Laurie) until Hesher crashes in and changes everything. Excellent support from Natalie Portman as Nicole, a stressed-out, emotional wrecked food store cashier that little TJ is kind of crushed on. It's from 2010, so yes, it's oldish, but it is such a relief to not have computers or cell phones spoiling the fantasy. And did I mention it is funny! On Amazon Prime right now and I gave it 5 there and 10 on IMDb.
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2019
No message. No moral. I watched it thinking that somewhere in this sink hole there had to be a plot an uplifting message that would make one understand why this guy was not what he appears to be. Man was I wrong. He was a punk. He belonged in a zoo and it was about his still having one "nut"?!! That was the message!?!
Cant believe Natalie Portman has fallen so far she is now a supporting actress in a C rate movie. Its not even a B rate movie. B movies can at least get a sound guy and post production to balance sound levels so that you can hear everyone talking.
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2019
Then watch the movie. Its about being able to move on. It's in your face. It's over the top. And it is exactly how life is. If you've only experienced loss before and all that comes with, the rage, being lost, being alone, not knowing what to say or do. This movie gets right in there and doesn't hold back. If you're watching based on the cast, you're already watching for the wrong reason.
And pay attention to the true meaning of the events in this movie. I honestly feel sad for the people that took this movie at face value. Maybe they were raised wrong. I don't know...but I wish they would lighten up and pay attention. Stop looking at the violence as meaningless, or the language as crude. And see the meaning. Have you never lost anyone? If you have, what feelings did you cycle through? Anger? Did you swear? Did your normal life go on despite your despair(school bullies)? Did you refuse to cry? Hate?
And what(or who) exactly was Hesher? Devil? Angel? Savior?