|"When does this movie get METAL?" Be patient.|
|This isn't the scene where Hesher threatens to skullfuck TJ. But rest assured, it is in the movie.|
|A: drop trou and enjoy some stolen cable, courtesy of Hesher|
There's more to the plot of Hesher than that, but not a lot more. The destination is not the best part of this film's story --- this is about the journey. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is priceless in the title role. Since JGL doesn't tend to play bad-asses, I was surprised at how convincing he was. Maybe it was the awesome headbanging hair, or the scuzzy beard, or the first-class crazy eyes, or his fantastic tattoos (a cartoon fist flipping the middle finger across his back and a stick figure blowing his brains out across his torso) --- whatever it was, this character was completely awesome. It helps that the character is eminently quotable; one of my favorites is "Humans been pokin' vagina for hundreds of years. Longer, probably." Gordon-Levitt does a good job playing quiet characters, so it might surprise you how great he is as a completely over-the-top and impossible extrapolation of that one guy in high school who really really really loved his heavy metal. Actually...yeah...Hesher is the personification of what high school kids think is cool and dangerous. And JGL is convincing as a scary dude, too! Who'd a thunk it?
|Another lesson learned: fire makes everything more bad-ass|
|Look at her. I just want to vomit in her face, she's so gross!|
Hesher is the first full-length theatrical work by writer/director Spencer Susser, and I think it shows. There are a lot of things that Susser does right in this movie. The main characters are all interesting, and their interactions feel natural even when they're doing ridiculous shit. I was genuinely impressed with how well depression was exhibited by the characters, without being the full focus of the movie. And, of course, I liked how high-school-awesome Hesher was. The soundtrack (comprised entirely of Metallica and Motörhead, I believe) was also pretty great.
|You know what else is great? Markers.|
|Also smart: not using tie-dye and coffee stain-halos in the main promo posters|
Hesher is not a great movie, and its shortcomings in the story department are pretty obvious. I really liked it, though. There was enough to make this enjoyable despite its flaws, and those moments came from various sources. I liked that there is no definitive time or place for this story; those license plates might look like California plates, but they just say "Drive Safely." That's clever. And there are so many chunks of dialogue that are random and abrasive, yet still very funny --- Hesher's rants about Grandma rape and orgies were stellar --- that I can't help but walk away with a positive impression.
|Admittedly, it helps if you've ever looked at someone like this|