Directed by Brett Haley
Lee, a former Western film icon, is living a comfortable existence lending his golden voice to advertisements and smoking weed. After receiving a lifetime achievement award and unexpected news, Lee reexamines his past, while a chance meeting with a sardonic comic has him looking to the future.
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★★★★ review by Connor Carey on Letterboxd
Funny and moving, "The Hero" is one of the finest and most underrated movies of the year. Its premise and themes have been explored many times before but this film rises above most others because of the fantastic performance from Sam Elliot and a great sense of realism. This movie blends comedy and drama together perfectly and the film has several scenes that nearly brought a tear to my eye. I can't stress this enough though Sam Elliot is phenomenal, this is the best performance I've ever seen from him and I couldn't see anyone else playing this part better than he did. The scene where he's reading lines for a script might just be some of the finest acting I've ever seen in a movie. I really hope more people check this out soon, we hopefully have our first lock for Best Actor.
★★★★ review by Wayne on Letterboxd
Sam Elliot gives the very best performance of his very lengthy career in "The Hero". When he's on screen you can't take your eyes off of him. The films explores so many different themes in interesting ways and I really enjoyed this movie. I do wish there was more time spent on the relationship between the lead and his daughter but that's just a minor complaint in such a great movie. Go see this one.
★★★½ review by Heath Rhoads on Letterboxd
Screw the haters, I really liked this. It's helped immensely by a terrific performance by Sam Elliott, as he plays an aging actor who is forced to confront his own mortality. Not only is Sam Elliott the coolest old guy I've ever seen but he's gotta have the coolest voice in the history of Hollywood! The cast is pretty great overall. Especially Nick Offerman as his drug dealing buddy and Laura Prepon as his love interest. Only in this movie could I believe that Sam Elliott could bag a woman like half his age. He's that FREAKING COOL!!!
★★★½ review by TheFilmFisher on Letterboxd
"The perfect partner for your chicken
Probably Sam Elliot's best performance. Even though the plot around the film sounds like Oscar-bait, his performance feels nothing like that and is genuinely heart warming and at times funny. It does have some slightly pretentious moments that feel like its trying to be Knight Of Cups without the narration or great cinematography. But I would still give it a recommendation if just for Sam Elliot.
★★★½ review by Murphy Kenefick on Letterboxd
Essentially the same movie as I'll See You in My Dreams, but definitely feels like everything that was leftover. It's sweet, it's sincere, and it has some to say about what its like to be at the end of your life and still have hope. Sam Elliott is really good, and so is the supporting cast. It's all very calm, focusing on conversations and people, and as someone who's trying to write something similar, I got some peace. Just a different kind than what Haley is trying to offer.
BONUS POINTS: Nick Offerman and Sam Elliott talking about being on a show together was undoubtedly a reference to Parks and Rec, I'm such a sucker for morning time LA landscape shots, Kristen Ritter is getting really good at playing the neglected daughter (Listen Up Philip).
NEGATIVE POINTS: Why is Cameron Esposito in everything, please no more
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