I first saw Hero when it was out in theaters a really long time ago. I thought it was incredibly stupid way back then. But, I was about 13. I decided I’d rent it again to see if my opinion was wrong. I’m glad to say that my opinion was very wrong.

I don’t even know where to start with what I liked about this movie. Since it’s a martial arts movie, I’ll start with the fight choreography. Absolutely stunning. Some of the best sword play I’ve seen in a film. I was glad to see that just because Hero was a martial arts film, it didn’t sacrfice story. Hero tells the story of the uniting of China from multiple different kingdoms into one unified kingdom. It does so through a story about 3 assassins trying to kill the king who is taking over the kingdoms. The acting is wonderful. The cinematography is absoltuely stunning. I was riveted to the TV throughout the entire movie.

The movie has it’s philosophical side as well. It ultimately teaches a story of peace over war. Hero does this without becoming too preachy and annoying. It asks questions such as “How far is it acceptable to go for peace?” and “How many must die that a kingdom may live in peace?” Again, it does all of this without becoming too preachy, without shoving its message down your throat.

I can’t praise this film enough. There really were no drawbacks. I did forget to mention that the movie is Chinese so don’t watch unless you’re willing to read subtitles. I highly recommend this film to anyone who enjoys a great story, great action, and absolutely beautiful cinematography and set work.

Overall Rating: 9.5/10