Moar Hesh

By January 23, 2010Nat-news

A few more reviews hit overnight.

Slashfilm were expecting a lot but were quite disappointed. However, they still gave it 7.5/10.

If the plot sounds like it is all over the place, that’s because it is. Joseph Gordon-Levitt again transforms himself into a character like-nothing you’ve seen him play before. Portman is as cute as ever, but her character seems a bit lacking.

New York Magazine thinks the film and Natalie are not convincing.

Natalie Portman is just not believable as a grocery store cashier who can’t get more than 15 hours of work a week. Even in granny glasses and ill-fitting shirts, she looks like a starlet on the L train.

This blogger is raving about the film.

Hesher was a sort of bizarre film, but I loved every minute of it.

– A 5 out of 5 review over at We Are Movie Geeks.

What we actually got was a film that cannot be placed into any genre of film and is so politically incorrect it would make Howard Stern blush. Please don’t get me wrong, this movie is fucking fantastic and I cant rave enough about it… a quarter of the way through the film I turned to AJ and told him this would easily be my favorite of the festival, if not the year.

– Roger Friedman’s blog suggests the film will play well to a younger crowd.

Natalie Portman has a nice turn as a cashier who gets involved with this odd bunch.

– Another blogger review that’s quite positive and indicates that it is playing well to audiences.

After all the WTF moments layered into it, as I walked away I felt like I viewed a cinematic form of catharsis. Would I recommend it? Yeah, but it’s probably suited towards cinematic adventurers. As I was exiting, I saw a lady who rated it a “fair” on her ballot. Pretty harsh for a film that got a lot of laughs from the audience. And I really do mean A LOT.

And a few more tweets.

speaking of movie reviews, you will love hesher when it comes out dude. great indie pic.

had a good time with Hesher, plus to being in the 801…Sundance.

Hesher sidenote – 3 chicks in front of me WALKED OUT cause of the vulgarity

hesher was fantastic

Hesher had me 100% entertained w/my jaw on the floor! Liked it and confused simultaneously.

Hesher was excellent

hesher GREATEST #sundance film. Four stars.

hesher was great. my first sundance. awesome place.

HESHER: a textbook of indie-film blunders and cliches


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  • Jenski says:

    Man, they must have light Natalie up for her to still look like a beautiful starlet onscreen. From the onset pictures she reminded me of every poor nerdy girl from school during the mid 90s: weird clothes, fluffy hair, odd-colored thick glasses…

  • nephi says:

    I don’t think Natalie pulled off this – small – role at all. In all the reviews they either don’t mention her or when they do the praise is slight like two words or she’s panned as unconvincing. She used to kill it in these supporting roles, what’s going on?

  • dazza says:

    Well I think its a supporting role that was taken not because its a great juicy role, but because her name on it helps to sell the film. Considering she’s producing it, that’s quite important.

    If it wasn’t Natalie in the role there would probably be even less mentions of the character.

    I went through all the reviews so far and here’s the breakdown on Nat.

    – Satisfactory performance but ridiculous clothes.
    – Natalie is cute but the character is lacking.
    – Not believable in the role.
    – Nice turn.
    – “Played by the amazing Natalie Portman” (not sure if he means she’s amazing in the role or amazing in general)
    – “Natalie Portman weighs in quietly as well adding a nice support to what is already a fantastic cast.”
    – “Just another miscast role for Portman”.
    – “Yes, she can look mousy and yes, some of it is just throwing big glasses on her, but most of it is in her mismatched wardrobe and the way she carries herself. Life has taken a particular joy in shitting on Nicole’s life not in a tragic movie backstory way, but in a “I’m working a real job… shitty, but real and I’m having to sell shit to pay my rent” regular working class way.”
    – Sharon Waxman wanted more Natalie because she’s always lovely to look at.

    So, there’s only really two reviews out of 15 (I think) that are outright negative. And a couple others that are more critical of the character and clothing. And four quite positive comments.

    Don’t think it’s gonna be a “wow” performance but don’t really see anything to be gloomy about either. *shrug*

  • dazza says:

    And you can now add.

    – “Career best supporting performance from Portman”.

  • Jenski says:

    My disappointment, personally, has more to do with the size of the role. I had no reason to think it’d be bigger so it’s a bit of a letdown.

  • dazza says:

    “I had no reason to think it’d be bigger so it’s a bit of a letdown.”

    If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that…