DVD Review: The Hero

STUDIO: Lionsgate | DIRECTOR: Brett Haley | CAST: Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Krysten Ritter, Nick Offerman, Katharine Ross
RELEASE DATE: Sept. 19, 2017 | PRICE: DVD $12.99, Blu-ray $17.96
BONUSES: commentary, photo gallery
SPECS: R | 97 min. | Drama comedy | 2.35:1 widescreen | Dolby Digital 5.1/DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 | English and Spanish subtitles

RATINGS (out of 5 dishes): Movie  | Audio  | Video  | Overall

In The Hero, the impressively mustachioed Sam Elliott (The Big Lebowski) gets a rare chance to play a lead character and it is because of actor’s superb effort that the film is an emotional winner.

Elliott is Lee Hayden, a senior Western star who begins to take inventory on his life after he’s given some alarming medical news. He contacts his ex-wife (real-life wife Katherine Ross of Slip, Tumble and Slide), tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Krysten Ritter, She’s Out of My League) and enters into a romance with a younger comedienne (Laura Prepon, The Girl on the Train)

This is a character study shaped around sagebrush veteran Elliott’s own career and he plays the role wonderfully with his deep, baritone voice and deadpan demeanor. Add a fine supporting cast (including an amusing Nick Offerman as Elliott’s pot dealer) and no-nonsense direction by co-writer Brett Haley, who also featured Elliott in last year’s I’ll See You in My Dreams, and you have a low-key but compelling drama-comedy that serves as a fine showcase for Elliott, who’s now in his early 70s (like Lee Hayden).

On a limited basis on 200-plus screens, The Hero drew more than $4 million at the box office during extended theatrical play. The film is clearly geared to an older crowd who appreciate both Elliott’s career and deliberately paced approaches to character-oriented filmmaking.

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About Irv

Irv Slifkin has been reviewing movies since before he got kicked off of his high school radio station for panning The Towering Inferno in 1974. He has written the books VideoHound’s Groovy Movies: Far-Out Films of the Psychedelic Era and Filmadelphia: A Celebration of a City’s Movies, and has contributed film reportage and reviews to such outlets as Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, Video Business magazine and National Public Radio.