Joseph Gordon Levitt is one of my favorite actors but I couldn't find anything to enjoy in this film. Not my brand of humor at all - jokes about fingerfucking grandmas are kind of the opposite of funny.
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.
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!
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
All the characters are like blank figurants with automatic dialogues while Hesher is a hiperbolized version of a metalhead or a regular Joe's combined prejudices about what a metalhead is, a caricature to entertain the non-initiated.
If you lose one nut...you still got one left.
P.S. Metallica sucks even the single ball left. Put some Violator, Adrenicide, Dr. Livingdead instead.