Muni Reviews: Hesher (2011)


Synopsis: 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.

So I was looking forward to watching this film, it had a few of my favorite actors in it, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Natalie Portman & Rainn Wilson.  The story follows a young boy T.J played by Devin Brochu, who is dealing with the death of his mother. He tries to purchase the car back from the impound, but is turned down because of his age.  T.J goes to vent his anger by destroying a model home where he meets Hesher, played by Gordon-Levitt, as the synopsis says, he’s a loner; a bit of a misfit.

The story is a poignant tale of how a boy & his family deals with the death of someone close. I couldn’t help but feel bored at times though, and I hate that. Something this emotional and moving is usually my cup of tea; I like an unconventional story that captures you by surprise. Whilst watching this I felt like waiting for something to happen. I was left slightly disappointed but I guess you’ll have to watch it to make a formal decision.

The acting was very good I can’t fault that but as I mentioned above the story did let it down. I guess whilst I was watching it some of the characters felt very two-dimensional. I didn’t feel emotionally connected with anyone in particular. I felt like there was a barrier put up by something, I guess you have to watch it and see for yourself.

It was co-written and directed by Spencer Susser, who marks his first feature film after making a few shorts. For the directors first attempt this is a good film. The film has some wonderful shots that draw the audience in, and you could see the attention to detail put in the characters. I think the director will be someone to look out for in the future, it is a shame that I couldn’t connect with the film.

The music or lack off could be a factor; I guess I enjoy music in film as it does bring an emotional side out in the film and in the person watching it. Movieville recently did a blog on music in film, which is worth having a look at.

Overall I’d say I was left with an unfilled hole in my head and heart. I really wanted to love this film that I probably built it up too much in my head. I think it is worth watching, as it is an interesting film, with some lovely moments that do make you laugh, but I would recommend this to everyone, as you would be left disappointed.



A little about me: I'm currently studying Film Production Technology at Birmingham City University, going into my second year. As well as that I'm working on a few Film projects at the moment and hop