"The Hero" was the opening film of the Florida Film Festival, but I wasn't willing to fork out the money for it, so I had to wait until its general release to see it.
The writing of the film is actually really well-done. The character development is excellent. I really sympathized with the character of Lee, and his story was interesting to watch. There are comedic moments that play off of Elliott's personality, and those are the funniest. Additionally, there are comedic moments playing off of the fish-out-of-water element of his age, which are also funny. The emotional moments are equally as effective as the comedic moments, as the film elevates itself out of the realm of being a standard cancer dramedy. The romance is also surprisingly natural. The pacing of the film is good too, as it never feels rushed, but isn't overlong. The only element of the writing that I wasn't completely sure about was the dream sequences. I wasn't totally sure of what they were trying to get across. I had an idea of what they meant, but they were just a little odd.
I thought that the film was well-shot. The cinematography was especially impressive in the dream sequences, which gave them a more fantasy-like appearance. I thought that the acting in the film was its best part. Sam Elliott actually nails the performance. It is the best performance I have ever seen him give, and it may be Oscar-worthy material. His emotional scenes have a depth that I never would have expected from him, and he nails the dry comedy just as one would expect. Nick Offerman is funny in his supporting role, too. He also played a very different character than I was used to. Krysten Ritter is the only somewhat weak link in the cast, as her lines felt a little bit forced in her main emotional scene.
Overall, I thought that "The Hero" was a good, but not great film. It has a good story and an amazing performance by Sam Elliott, but there are a few underdeveloped ideas.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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