Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hesher (2010)

Hesher (2010)

An aimless heavy-metal badass infiltrates a grieving family.

I went into this expecting the cliche.  You know, a charismatic good-hearted knucklehead who, through his wisdom and wild shenanigans, brings a family together after a crisis.

Not really.

Well, it kinda goes there, but unlike you would expect.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a reckless, impulsive guy who lives for the moment.  And despite his smiling eyes, he's not all that wise.  And at the moment you expect something profound from him, well....keep waiting.   He's pretty much just a shithead.

Look though in Gordon-Levitt's character for the little slivers of reflection and honor that break through, just barely.  Restrained and well done.

Rainn Wilson plays completely against type, bearded, and morose. Natalie Portman (who produced) plays an unsure, awkward girl and makes it look easy to boot.  Devin Brochu is a 12-year old who can actually act-- go figure.

This is a small indie-type movie that skillfully evades convention.  OK, it does have the standard indie offbeat meaningful gesture toward the end, but it's an interesting watch.

Quickie Synopsis

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