Blu-ray Review: THE HERO

THE HERO was directed by Brett Haley from a screenplay by Marc Basch and Brett Haley and stars Sam Elliott as a broken man who must face the ghosts of his past and his inevitable mortality. Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman and Krysten Ritter also star. The score is by Keegan DeWitt.

Hoping to write another chapter in his life, one Western icon is looking for a comeback. Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is a Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories with his former co-star, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy.

The movie follows Lee Hayden, this old Western star who knows his time has past but is looking for one more good role to help cement his legacy. What happens is, he gets some bad news from his doctor who diagnoses him with cancer and he has a hard time telling those close to him. He hasn’t been much of a husband or father in the past so his estranged daughter and ex-wife have distanced themselves from him.

Lee ends up meeting Charlotte, a much younger attractive woman, who breathes new life into the aging actor’s dim existence. Even though Lee is old enough to be Charlotte’s father, she’s attracted to him and he definitely enjoys his time with her. This new relationship sort of re-energizes Lee and not only allows him to come up with a plan to tell his family what he’s going through but it gives him the strength to keep fighting. Lee might me getting older but he’s found a new lease on life thanks to Charlotte.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Hero ended up being a really good movie that features a powerful and emotional performance by the legendary Sam Elliott. Not only does he deliver this likable character that you can’t help but cheer for but it just kind of feels like he’s playing himself in a weird sort of way. It’s like this role was created with him in mind. There’s also some great chemistry between Elliott and Laura Prepon who plays his much younger love interest. The story was heart touching but it also had some humor at times. Director Brett Haley did a really good job telling this story and bringing it to life on screen. He captured both the emotional and lighthearted sides of the movie just right and the end result is a really enjoyable watch. The Hero releases on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) on September 19th and is definitely worth checking out. What a great movie!

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 97 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: There isn’t much as far as the extras go but we do get some audio commentary, images and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Brett Haley and Actor Sam Elliott
  • Photo Gallery
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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