A Hero

A Hero ★★★½

A Hero is not on the same level as A Separation, or even The Past, but it's still a rather important entry in Asghar Farhadi's glorious filmography. Arguably Farhadi's most outwardly political output to date, A Hero repeats Farhadi's winning formula of everyday moral dilemmas, this time in the social media era.

Story-wise A Hero probably resembles About Elly the most, as they both detail a tangled, broad-stroked story that somehow lacks the high definitions and sensual satisfaction of Farhadi's superior works. A social, political, and personal fable that replies on the vessel of an inmate who accidentally is crowned "a hero", A Hero is ambitious in its efforts to put its spin on multiple themes, from the perception of a person through the lens of social media, to the familiar realm of moral crisis and family dramas, and eventually to Farhadi's subtle yet unmistakable dig at the bureaucracy and people in power. Amir Jadidi, playing the titular character, is the absolute standout of the cast, who executed the role of a desperate individual caught in the shattering aftermath of unexpected media attention with accuracy, charm, and realism.

Despite being a welcomed step-up from the hideous Everybody Knows, A Hero still suffers from its lack of fresh inputs and creativity, and unfortunately feels like a rehash of Farhadi's past glories. It's for sure a decent experience, if not the best choice for new fans to dive into Farhadi's filmography.

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