What a tricky under the radar gem this is. Its a tale of altruism that at times feels like a punk rock 400 blows. All the performances really shine. Joesph Gordon Levitt just makes you want to burn a church for the greater good!
while not original thematically or plot wise, the film resists nearly every temptation to elicit sympathy or understanding for the title character and still manages to provoke genuine closure, strong emotional responses and a few laughs besides. solid.
I don't think I've ever turned a movie off 15 minutes from the ending not due to the scene I was watching but because my tolerance for the film as a whole had been utterly worn away. Misery Porn Meets Twee Indie has got to be the most repellent combination of genre aesthetics I've ever had the misfortune of experiencing.
Gordon-Levitt's seems to boil down a hesher into pretty simple terms, and even though it has its problems, the film is still quite special. It's rare that a film can be emotionally charged, yet so void of sentiment. The crudeness of "Hesher" is like a shell protecting a very fragile story about loss and grief, very similar to its titular character who has a crude shell protecting his emotional side.
I was hoping for a lot more from this. Nice to hear a heap of Metallica, Some really strong scenes and some good Aussie school jokes I had forgotten but the flashbacks at the end really undid it for me. Would have been better if Hesher was a projection/ imaginary friend. 2.5 stars