Thursday, February 28, 2008

Imaginary Heroes

Movie name: Imaginary Heroes
Year of release: 2004
Director: Dan Harris
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Emile Hirsch, Jeff Daniels, Michelle Williams, Deirdre O'Connell, Ryan Donowho, Jay Paulson, Kip Pardue
Genre: Drama
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7

Dan Harris is mostly well known for his writing efforts with Bryan Singer (for whom he wrote "X2-United" and "Superman Returns")."Imaginary Heroes" opened in 2004 to mostly lukewarm reviews, most of them comparing the film to Robert Redford's "Ordinary People". Dan Harris actually managed to create a film that is captivating, dynamic and filled with well developed characters, that are really well flushed out by his wonderful cast. The film could've easily fallen into "film of the week" material, but it never does, mostly thanks to the really intelligent script and the great performances of the entire cast. Jeff Daniels is as always great, playing the absent and demanding father, Emile Hirsch is a revelation playing the young son trying to find his own identity, but the show really belongs to Sigourney Weaver. This is a great role for her - it mixes humor with poignant drama, and she gets a chance to really bring those elements together. A film definitely worth checking out.