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Hero (DVD) Review

 
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Length: 94 minuts
 
Release Date: September 16, 2014
 
Final Score
 
 
 
 
 
3/ 5


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A heartwarming film that the whole family can enjoy.

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Comes across as a bit too pat in many places, making for some unbelievable plot points that detract from the overall message of the film.


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“And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers.” (Malachi 4:6) Hero is the heartwarming story of a father and son repairing their relationship after years of hardship, through their shared love of baseball. Joe Finn hasn’t exactly been the best father. After […]

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“And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers.” (Malachi 4:6)

Hero is the heartwarming story of a father and son repairing their relationship after years of hardship, through their shared love of baseball. Joe Finn hasn’t exactly been the best father. After coaching his son’s Little League team to a state championship, Joe leaves home in search of the fortune that he feels his family needs to be happy. Though his wife supports him, Joe’s son is deeply hurt by the abandonment of his father, particularly when the work trip that was supposed to be an absence of months turned into the loss of his father for seven years.

When Joe finally does return home, it is simply too late. Though his wife loves him still, cancer has taken away all but a few weeks from them. As she tells her husband, it is too late for her, but their son still needs him, Joe finally resettles in the town he abandoned along with his family – and not everyone is happy to have him back. With his son leaving for college in just six weeks, time is short for Joe to repair the wounds his long absence has left – and his son isn’t exactly receptive to his father just stepping back into a role he doesn’t feel has been earned.

So how to bring those two together, and save the family lives of a whole bunch of other kids in the process? Baseball, of course. Picking up where his dad left off, the son is currently coaching a Little League team – a really bad one. Joe offers to step in and help out, but soon finds that the league rules and a bunch of uninvolved parents make that a near impossible task. So, Joe starts his own league that gets back to the basics of baseball – and requires time and effort from the parents as well. Of course there’s a huge pushback on that point, with the major consensus of all the fathers being that work is far more important than spending time with their kids. As Joe attempts to help them learn from the mistake he made, slowly hearts are turned around and families are brought together in the most unlikeliest of ways.

Hero is a nice film to watch with your family. There isn’t any objectionable content, and my kids really enjoyed the little jokes and lots of mistakes that are made on the way to making a winning team. That being said, it often comes across as just a bit too pat, with unlikely solutions to rather odd problems just coming across as a bit unbelievable.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)