Unstrung Heroes (1995)

“It was mom who told me a hero is anybody who finds his own way through this life.” – Steven

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Aug 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A young boy goes to live with his two eccentric uncles after his mother gets sick which opens him up to a whole different kind of world.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I recall hearing about when it came out and actually thought I was in the theater about to watch it when The Usual Suspects (1955) began on the screen instead.

The story is told in a really fascinating way that is able to transport us back to a time and place long gone.

The characters are created quite vividly and they allow us to see the distinct personalities of each of them unfold throughout the course of the movie.

These characters are quite intriguing to watch because they are bot fun and poignant at the same time.

The film’s cast is superb and really let these characters come to life as if they are real people.

Andie MacDowell, John Turturro, Michael Richards and Maury Chaykin are all wondrous to watch in these roles.

Diane Keaton is able to create such a realistic portrayal of this family and was a great choice to direct this film.

Se is able to make these characters and places seem so real that things become so personal because we can feel a connection to these characters as they deal with their lives in ways we can actually relate to.

The main character is played by Nathan Watt, who’s film credit only features this movie which is a bit surprising since he did such a great job in this role.

Bottom Line – Great story that works so well in transporting us to another time and place. The characters are so unique and each one gives us a very distinct personality that is both fun and powerful to watch. The cast is superb with McDowell, Turturro, Richards and Chaykin are all great in these roles. Keaton does a wonderful job directing this film in a very personal way that allows us to really real a connection to these characters as they experience life.  Watt does a nice job in the lead role and it makes one wonder why he never starred in any other movie before or after making this one. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Henry Winkler auditioned for the role of Danny Lidz. He arrived in character and in full costume. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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