Hero Movie Review
An emotional, engaging entertainer laced with a superhero element.
Story & Narration
Technical Aspects & Music
Superhero films in India have mostly received lukewarm responses, and here comes another one that hits the deck hard. Sivakarthikeyan’s Hero takes up the element of the superhero segment and delivers a social message-driven drama that is a fine watch on the whole.
PS Mithran follows the same format of his Irumbu Thirai, as he sets up the world of the film in the first half taking his own time. There are a lot of back stories that he brings to the fore, giving us more information about the characters than what we require. However, the second half too takes some time with the flashbacks, before we get to the all-important action portion of the film. This is what adds up to the emotional baggage of the film, which somewhat supersedes its creative core which is all about the technology and idea theft. Still, the movie holds on within its limits, and helps itself through to the end with fair pacing. The best thing here is how Hero does not get too boring or comparable to other films in the genre, with the technical work being a huge asset.
Sivakarthikeyan in the titular role forms a terrific combo with Arjun, who holds a very strong role in the film. Together, the duo generate a lot of excitement, with the former being the vigilante and the latter as the brilliant master.
Watch out for the superb pre-interval episode which is indeed the best part of the film, in entirety. Though the villain’s character is sketched in a single dimension, Abhay Deol, Kalyani Priyadarshan and the others have a good space to score, making fine appearances overall. In Hero, no one feels miscast and that’s a positive, definitely.
George Williams once again proves that he’s one of the best in the business, especially when it comes to filming action sequences in slow motion. A lot of the night shots are smartly done with interesting camera angles and great technique. On the other hand is Yuvan Shankar Raja’s background score, which adds energy to the proceedings though it does feel familiar at some points.
The film is long, dialogue heavy and doesn’t make best use of its potential for action, but it still keeps us engaged until the end thanks to the way in which its presented and the technical elements that Mithran banks on.
Hero has a very exciting idea in hand, and adds elements such as SK’s comic elements, the heavy hearts and everything that you need for a commercial entertainer. Hero Movie Review by Siddarth Srinivas