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An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected.
When Roger Ebert gives a little independent Scottish film four stars, it is worth seeing. When I was growing up Local Hero was a bit of a cult hit back in Scotland and the impact it had on British cinema was immense.
Bill Forsyth had had success with his previous film the touchingly charming "Gregory's Girl" and followed on with this cross-over hit. Luring Hollywood stalwart Burt Lancaster into the fray with a "Donald Trump" style character who changes his priorities this was a huge deal back in 1983. Undeniably Scottish,this had the usual mix of stereotypical Scottish eccentrics and humble locals played by the cream of Scotland's finest actors. Peter Capaldi,Dennis Lawson,Rikki Fulton and Forsyth favourite John Gordon Sinclair…
"You don't eat things with names!"
Peter Capaldi, Denis Lawson and Boon from Animal House all in the same film delivering some genuinely funny dialogue, backed up by a fantastic soundtrack and some great scenery. Basically the movie that you can just sit back to, relax, laugh and watch Peter Capaldi redefining the word 'awkward'.
Would make for a very interesting double bill with In The Loop though...
Built upon the recurrent lilting theme by Mark Knopfler, Local Hero feels like a late-in-day Ealing Comedy, gently bittersweet and affectionately heartfelt. It is funny, witty and wise; and there aren't many films you can say that about. Bill Forsyth's elegant framing, tender direction and droll script combine to produce a wonderful film. Perhaps not quite as funny as Forsyth's best work, but a good deal more humane.
Not my kind of humor, yawned a lot, needed more Burt Lancaster. Why is he even on the poster when he's barely in the movie? Oh right, because no one would have gone to see this otherwise. Don't you just hate when they do that? As a big fan of the man, I was disappointed. I mean I wouldn't really mind if I got lured in and got to see a good movie, even without him in it. But this was just so unappealing and bland to me. I was so bored that I ate too many pistachios and now I feel sick.
A friend of mine recommended this to me out of the blue and I don't have much experience with 80's films but fuck it, lets review.
Local Hero is a charming narrative about a businessmen named Mac who is sent to Scotland to make a Property deal. It follows this simple beginning and rolls through the quirky elements of both city and country, creating an interesting experience, that though enjoyable in the long run, can feel very slow during the course of the film.
Acting and Dialogue are fluid and believable, never seeming out of place even though many of the Scottish actors where not very famous at the time (or so the internet tells me)
The use of diegetic throughout the film is used effectively to create a humble sensation and adds more depth to the citizens.
Overall, a very charming watch that I definitely recommend.
"You want to buy my church?!"
"Not as a going concern."
I wish I could write a movie like this.
Watched as the selected screening at the Pub Film Club hosted at the Wild Boar. This was a closed 'Members Only' event.
Enchanting unpredictable comedy w overflowing cast of quirky characters.
Understated greatness. Just a joy to watch.
I just know, once I've seen this a few more times, it will be one of my favourite films. It's just so warm towards everything and everyone. A film worth loving.
'The Wicker Man' and 'Trainspotting' are superior films. But should this author have to bring only one Scottish film with him to a desert island, it would have to be this charming eighties comedy.
This film is worth watching for the sound track alone. This is a well acted, feel good movie.
"Local Hero" is not a bad film by any stretch of the imagination, but the whimsical and delicate touch Bill Forsyth gives the film renders it toothless.