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|Production country:||Deutschland 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 90 Min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
Axel (Johannes Kienast) would like to be a hero. One that his dream woman Jenny (Emilia Schüle) would lie at his feet and the mean man (Sascha Alexander Gersak) would be afraid of. But unfortunately he only succeeds in this in his dreams. In fact, Axel is more of a rabbit's foot that has to be farmed for Manne and ignored by Jenny. In the Karl May fan Heiner (Christian Grashof) Axel finds a (blood) brother in spirit. Through him Axel gets the courage to break out of his comfort zone and let his daydreams become reality. But is Axel really ready to be a real hero?
I'm always happy when I see German movies that are a bit different, simply unusual and unadapted. Such movies get a plus point from me right away. "Axel, the hero" is undoubtedly one of them. The bizarre mixture of fairy tale, western, romance, comedy and socio-critical drama is full of original ideas and a playful visual language. The fact that director Hendrik Hölzemann doesn't follow the usual paths that entertainment cinema from Germany otherwise likes to follow must be highly credited to him.
This also applies to the cast, which doesn't make use of the usual suspects in the pool - with the possible exception of Emilia Schüle, who again convincingly demonstrates her acting versatility here. All these are plus points that "Axel the Hero" can claim for itself. Nevertheless: Unfortunately, the movie doesn't always work as it would like to. Figures like Karl-May-Fan Heiner are a nice idea, but they seem too artificial to really convince. And also the humor sometimes takes on a bit too strange traits.
"Axel, der Held" is a charming and somehow also likeable movie - but one that also needs getting used to. The story isn't as much fun as one might expect from the many original ideas. The convincing ensemble, a few haunting moments and the essentially pleasantly unadapted staging, however, ensure that this unusual heroic story, despite its weaknesses, is still worth seeing for lovers of German arthouse cinema of the lighter kind!
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