HESHER

 

THE PLOT THUS FAR

Hesher is a loner. He hates the world and everyone in it. He has long greasy hair and homemade tattoos. He is malnourished and smokes a lot of cigarettes. He likes fire and blowing things up. He lives in his van, until he meets TJ.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

Hesher is an exploration of loss: a universal experience shared by the film’s characters: a nihilistic head-banging arsonist named Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a supermarket clerk with thick-rimmed eyeglasses and financial troubles named Nicole (Natalie Portman) who doesn’t like being called “lady”, a depressed widower named Paul (Rainn Wilson) who takes pills and sleeps all day, and a boy named T.J (Devin Brochu) who recently lost his mother, has a crush on an older woman, and is constantly bullied at school.

There are equal moments of humor and sorrow that bring a unique balance to the film. The best way I can talk about a film is by talking about the particular moments that stood out and made it such a beautiful picture. There is a particular scene where TJ and Paul go to a self help group to help cope with their loss that is one of the most brutally realistic and painful, yet beautiful scenes I have seen on film. Seeing these people talk about their grief was like watching real people as opposed to actors.

The DVD comes with deleted scenes, outtakes and interviews. The A/V Quality comes with a surprisingly strong Dolby 5.1 track that seems a little too powerful for an indie flick. However, the transfer has almost no field of depth and everything seems overly dark. I did like the extra “HitRecord” stuff with JGL and the collection of sketches was fun. Still, I’m left wondering if the HD transfer will approve upon the film’s gloomy look.

RELEASE DATE: 09/13/2011

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