At first look, you’ll know straight away that “Hesher” was going to be one of those movies that would be hard to actually say what the filmmakers had in mind. I mean I think it makes a sort of commentary towards the way we see life, the tonal shifts represent the way we are thrown curve balls along the way, and yet the film feels darkly childish amid all the profanities, the depressing themes and the sociopathic drama the film seems wrapped around in.
I suppose Joseph Gordon-Levitt carries most of the film’s burden since he is a terrific actor. The rest of the cast headed up by Devin Brochu, Piper Laurie, Rainn Wilson and Natalie Portman appears to be mere distractions when presented next to Hesher’s bizarre antics.
While the film isn’t bad, I feel that it is totally uneven and wasn’t thoroughly figured out in the manner it executed the script. The direction fumbles several scenes, and it feels rather disjointed. However, I think complaining about a film that is messy, for its intended messiness may be moot since I think the direction may have planned it this way. A messy expression of the messy thing that is life. It is a film hard to comprehend in its own way, but so is life…and yet we can look at the bright side to it.
** out of **** "Hesher" is not only the name of the new dark comedy from first-time director Spencer Susser, as well as the name of the character that is ultimately at its center; but also a fine piece of terminology most commonly used to describe those who enjoy metal music perhaps a bit too much. Such people, "heshers", are likely to breathe booze and smoke from their cigarettes rather than air; the rest of their life is devoted to music. Heshers even come with their own … more
'Hesher' directed by Spencer Susser stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Hesher. There are several things that Hesher likes a lot. Loud music, pornography and burning stuff to the ground. He brings all of his favorite things into the lives of 13 year old TJ (Devin Brochu) and his father Paul (Rainn Wilson) when he unexpectedly takes up residence in their garage, uninvited. Told through the eyes … more
Star Rating: Hesher is a strange, unpleasant film that lacks the necessary tools to successfully get its point across. Rest assured, I did eventually get the point: Rather than dwell on your losses, you should instead focus on what remains. Sadly, it didn’t resonate. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been required to wade through nearly 100 minutes of shiftless storytelling in order to get there. It also would have helped if the characters had not been so … more