Thanks to Lionsgate Home Entertainment for the opportunity to review THE HERO on Blu-Ray combo pack!
This movie is a definite tear jerker if you have kids, know someone who has been sick with a terminal illness or just love good movies! The movie is also relatable because I grew up without my dad. Now being a father to my three kids, I see this movie from a couple of different perspectives, the first being Sam Elliott’s Lee Hayden character. The second, from his daughter, Krysten Ritter’s Lucy Hayden. Lee was a movie star that turned into a voice over artist, you know, the people you hear on commercials or on the radio. He was never around when Lucy was younger. Reaching his 70’s, Lee finds out that he has a terminal illness and starts to wonder about the priorities in his life and the relationships that he never gave a chance, primarily the one with his daughter.
Lee smokes a bit of weed and even delves into other drugs to take his mind off of things. Through his drug dealer, he meets Laura Prepoon’s Charlotte Dylan. The two of them kick off a friendship that leads to a relationship. Charlotte accompanies Lee to an award ceremony where they both consume a drug that makes Lee forget what all happened that night. Lee has dreams of reprising the role he was given the award and most known for, the lead in The Hero. The next morning, he’s getting a call from his agent about a potential role and also going viral for his award acceptance speech, where he takes the time to honor a lady instead of allowing himself to be honored.
The points where this movie is at it’s best, and causing a lot of emotion, is when Lee secludes himself at his cabin over the hills of Malibu. The other time is when he’s talking with his drug dealer and former co-star Nick Offerman’s Jeremy Frost. Lee is his most open while he is smoking weed or while under the influence of other drugs. Lee also opens up to Charlotte about his daughter and later in the movie about his sickness.
Lee is at his most vulnerable when he walks into Charlotte’s stand up gig and hears her talking about him, his age, his wrinkles and other things that come with age. He leaves, choosing to ignore her calls and texts. Again, the place where he finds his comfort, the cabin over the hills of Malibu and consuming drugs with his dealer.
All in all, Sam Elliott brings to this role straight up ACTING, no special effects, nothing else. Elliott’s career is pretty amazing, if you haven’t, you should check out some of his previous work HERE
The Hero is a 4 out of a possible 5 to me!
Lionsgate Home Entertainment has released a new trailer, poster and stills from their upcoming The Hero release!
Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter, Katharine Ross, Doug Cox, Max Gail, Jackie Joyner, Patrika Darbo, Frank Collison, Andy Allo, Ali Wong
“THE HERO stars the legendary Sam Elliott as an aging actor confronting mortality in the moving new film from writer/director Brett Haley (I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS). Lee Hayden (Elliott) is a Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy. THE HERO is a beautiful and poignant celebration of life and the legacies we all leave behind. “
The Hero hits Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD on September 19th!
Blu-Ray/Digital HD combo pack: