Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- That Thing You Do!
|07.15.12||DVR|| Tom Hanks loses his job at K-Mart because he doesn't have a college degree so he goes to school and has Julia Roberts for a teacher.|
You know, I really am a fan of Tom Hanks. He's one of those movie starts where you feel like aside from being a great diverse actor he's probably a super nice guy in real life and the whole world would love to hang out with him on the weekends. Personally, I feel like I appreciate him as a director more than most people. His Band of Brothers, From the Earth to the Moon, and Tales from the Crypt episodes were all great and I am an unabashed fan of That Thing You Do! I've often said that if I ever for some reason found myself at a press junket for some Tom Hanks movie I'd take my 15 minutes to talk to him about That Thing You Do! rather than whatever movie I'm supposed to be talking to him about. I think it's a fun well-made movie that will someday be considered an under-appreciated gem.
So when I heard this sucked i REALLY didn't want to believe it. I could not have been rooting for this movie more. Unfortunately, it just wasn't there.
As a comedy it wasn't very funny; as a drama it wasn't very dramatic; it wasn't weird enough to be quirky; not absurd enough to be surreal. It just kind of sat there in this middle zone where not enough happened to be anything other than mediocre. It's a real shame and I hope this doesn't turn Hanks off directing more. I think I remember him selling this movie upon release as some good-vibes type story that needs to be out in the world right now, but honestly aside from his character's random optimisim (I got no sense who he was or why he was so happy to be in a major crisis) I don't see the good vibes or the topicality.
A real shame.
Oh, and Bryan Cranston's porn addiction was like the fakest most PG-rated porn addiction ever.