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#58. Hesher - Review

On paper Hesher should have been my favorite movie of the year. Starring Joseph Gordon Levitt in a film that continues to showcase his many talents, Hesher is quirky art house fair with metal sensibilities. While the film wears its broken heart on its tattered sleeve, this unique slice-of-life/coming of age/character study just did not pack the punch I had hoped. That being said, I still urge everyone to seek it out, if for no other reason than the performances. Levitt is a vulgar powerhouse, playing a more vulnerable, flawed, and charismatic character than perhaps he ever has. Raiin Wilson’s grieving widower and single father was a welcome surprise. His scenes are the most uncomfortable, and his transformation the most rewarding. With equal parts heart and rock n’ roll, Hesher succeeds and being distinctive without becoming peculiar. If you like your films super dark (think World’s Greatest Dad) then Hesher should not disappoint. 










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I agree, I really wanted to like it, but it let me down. I couldn't figure out why Natalie did it either, there was nothing special about her character. Still had some sweet scenes though!

March 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCory

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