[Moving picture of popcorn]

Laramie Movie Scope: Hero

A funny send up of the media and hero worship

[Strip of film rule]
by Robert Roten, Film Critic
[Strip of film rule]

October 6, 1992 -- ``Hero'' stars Dustin Hoffman as a slimy little crook who becomes a hero when he rescues several people from a plane crash. An impostor, played by Andy Garcia, pretends he is the hero and claims the $1 million reward posted by a television station for the hero.

Then, as Hoffman's character often says, ``things get complicated.'' I think one of the reasons I liked the film is that it successfully lampoons the media.

Geena Davis, as the hard-hitting TV reporter and Chevy Chase as her ruthless boss, both do a good job of playing news professionals with few ethical hangups. The acting in the film is solid all around.

The ending of the film is a little muddled and parts of the film drag, but it is a pretty good commentary on contemporary values and is more often funny than not. It does have its moments. This film rates a B.

Click here for links to places to buy this movie in video and/or DVD format, the soundtrack, books, even used videos, games and lots of other stuff. I suggest you shop at least two of these places before buying anything. Prices seem to vary continuously. For more information on this film, click on this link to The Internet Movie Database. Type in the name of the movie in the search box and press enter. You will be able to find background information on the film, the actors, and links to much more information.

[Strip of film rule]  
Back to the Laramie Movie Scope index.
    [Rule made of Seventh Seal sillouettes]

Robert Roten can be reached via e-mail at my last name at lariat dot org. [Mailer button: image of letter and envelope]

(If you e-mail me with a question about this or any other movie or review, please mention the name of the movie you are asking the question about, otherwise I may have no way of knowing which film you are referring to)