#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Lee Hayden is a veteran actor of Westerns whose career’s best years are behind him after his one really great film, “The Hero”. Now, scraping by with voice-overs for commercials, Lee learns that he has a terminal prognosis of pancreatic cancer. Unable to bring himself to tell anyone about it, especially his estranged family, Lee can only brood alone as troubling, yet inspiring, dreams haunt him. Things change when he meets Charlotte Dylan, a stand-up comedienne who becomes a lover who inadvertently jump-starts his public profile. Now facing a profound emotional conflict of having a potential career comeback, even as his imminent death is staring him in the face, Lee must finally come to terms with both realities when he finally confesses his situation to the one person he can.
Plot: 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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Tin-Eared and Boring
The Hero often times feels like a Pyrrhic Victory – it showcases the luminous humanism and skill of a veteran actor willing to put in the hard work for a small, intimate film, yet the film itself rings so frightfully artificial that it nearly itself ablaze in tin-eared cliché and slow, art-house minutiae. Prediction: The Hero will be nominated for a token “fifth guy” Golden Globe – not because it deserves it, but because it’s so coldly calibrated to make hay and celebrate the life of a much beloved character actor who, let’s face it, deserves better than this.
Sam Elliott essentially plays himself i.e. an aging formerly famous cowboy actor who keeps busy mostly through voice work and copious amounts of pot. Thus when his doctor diagnosis him with pancreatic cancer, Lee starts to consider his legacy as well as his relatively cold relationships with friends and family. Adding to the mix of moping and melancholy is Charlotte (Prepon) whose younger comedienne takes a shining to the erstwhile cowboy. “You seem sad,” she says while waiting for their mutual pot dealer (Offerman). Seems that’s all it takes to make a connection.
The movie unfolds more-or-less how you’d expect. The cowboy trudges through his minor commitments, attempts to make amends with his ex-wife (Ross) and daughter (Ritter) while playing the “Big C” close to his chest. Much ado is made about a lifetime achievement award dolled-out by a western preservation society but its narrative importance is drowned out by surreal reoccurring dreams and a series of extreme close-ups.
It all rings less of subtlety and character-driven composure and more like the film is just going through the motions. Sam Elliott simmers with understated intensity but every other character that orbits him are broadly rendered California-types that repeatedly call him “dude” and “man.” The script makes little attempt to give its supporting characters inner life, nor does it give any new dimension to the clichés it collects along Elliott’s journey of self-discovery. Instead it takes various plot-threads and makes them feel like padding – bland, boring padding.
Other than Sam Elliott’s stage presence, the best that can be said about The Hero is at least it’s not the similarly themed The Last Word (2017). While matching that film in the level of poignancy or lack thereof, The Hero is as comfortably dressed down as The Last Word was obnoxiously twee. It opts for the level tone of a gracious elegy western – cordial, wistful, remarkably old-fashioned and elusive.
Yet its that elusiveness that slowly drains The Hero of any of its impact. We’re never brought into Lee’s head space despite ten minute segments of the aged cowboy smoking pot and discussing the metaphorical implications of a desktop iceberg. What’s left then is a movie much like its hero – a funhouse mirror version of emotion masquerading as the real thing.
Courage and Frailty in “The Hero”
In “The Hero” Sam Elliott as aging Western star Lee Hayden smokes joints with his buddy and supplier Jeremy, played by funny Nick Offerman, at his Malibu Beach home. Lee sizes up beautiful Goth Charlotte, played by striking Laura Prepon, who waits for her own stash from Jeremy. Charlotte gazes at Lee, “You look sad.” Prior to this radio voice over actor Lee, discovers from his doctor that he has late stage pancreatic cancer, he is dying. That eloquent scene elicits the poignancy of Writer and Director Brett Haley’s “The Hero”. Haley and Marc Basch’s screenplay is the uncompromising story of mortality.
“The Hero” is predictable, yet Elliott’s authentic bold performance elevates the movie into something special. I saw “The Hero” at a special showing followed by a question and answer session with stars Sam Elliott and Nick Offerman. Sam said that the role was not at all biographical. We all deal with mortality. Sam said he is not the drug head like Lee, and Lee is basically someone who “screws up his own life.” However, Director Haley hints that Lee has the possibility of recreating his life. That along with Elliott’s fearless performance made me rejoice and respect the movie.
Lee really had screwed up his life. His ex-wife Valerie, played by Elliott’s real life wife Katherine Ross, has moved on as a successful art dealer. But initially, he can’t tell Valerie that he is dying. His estranged daughter Lucy, played by strong Krysten Ritter, remains distant, but desperately yearns for her Father’s love. He has proved the tragic disappointment for her. Lee is attracted to the beguiling and charismatic Charlotte (Prepon), who is little older than Lucy. Charlotte is the aspiring stand up comic, whose mutual magnetism seems genuine. Lee created the mess of his life, and needs to clean it up.
Lee was a big movie star in the 1970’s and 1980’s. His signature movie was the classic Western “The Hero”. His agent calls and tells him that some Western Heritage Film Society wants to honor him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Being that he does voice-overs for barbecue sauce, he agrees to attend the gala. Possible love interest Charlotte agrees to attend with Lee. Before the awards dinner, Lee and Charlotte get high on Ecstasy. Cowboy charming Lee gives an inspiring acceptance speech about “I’m nothing without you ”
The YouTube video of his speech goes viral, and Lee becomes the Internet sensation. His agent calls him about an audition for part in a big budget sci-fi movie. He runs some cheesy lines with Jeremy practicing for the audition. Jeremy is also the friend, who worked with him in the past. The lines resonate with Lee’s soul, reminding of Lucy, his daughter. He says, “I’m here ” Elliott is moving and powerful. “The Hero” transforms in that moment. “The Hero” is a lesson in empathy and compassion. Elliott embodies Lee’s humanity, both his courage and his frailty. Yes, “The Hero” is predictable, and so very human.
Lee courageously and clumsily owns the mistakes that he made in his life, and makes amends with the women in his life. His romance with fiery Charlotte is rocky. At one point she betrays him out of her own selfishness. Prepon is the graceful enigma as Charlotte, self-absorbed yet gentle soul-ed. The movie is adamant in portraying their age gap, and imparts touching sweetness. They are sublime as Charlotte reads Lee her favorite poem. Too bad Ross isn’t leveraged more here as Valerie. Elliott and Ross have an amazing scene that illuminates their unique affinity.
Haley lyrically captures the calm of the Malibu ocean. Ritter’s Lucy says to her Dad, “It’s beautiful here.” Elliott’s Lee looks at his daughter, “Yes, it is.” “The Hero” is best in its stillness and humanity. Life is both courage and frailty. “The Hero” arises from this.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 36 min (96 min)
Genre Drama, Romance, Western
Director Brett Haley
Writer Brett Haley, Marc Basch
Actors Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Krysten Ritter
Country United States
Awards 2 wins & 6 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa XT, Arri Amira
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm, D-Cinema