Tom Hanks Knows Exactly What He’s Doing – Rolling Stone

on the A man named Otto, Tom Hanks stars as a brave man named Otto, who is kind of a dick. He is a little busy. He lives on a quiet street in suburban Pittsburgh where everyone knows each other and where you need a parking permit in the window to park your car, otherwise someone (Otto) will notice. The older residents, Otto among them, have some history. This does not stop Otto from believing that everyone in his midst is an idiot. She is right; All others are wrong. Busy with their phones and social media. Otto feels that his intelligence is being insulted by the young store employees who insist on helping this old man find what he needs. People who put trash in the recycling bin – which Otto, a stickler for the rules whose daily job is to make his rounds and correct his neighbors’ mistakes, carefully retrieve and leave them in the right place. are Nothing seemed to cheer him up. The retirement party only reminds him that he feels shy about starting work. And he has no one – his personality makes it surprising, but still. Upon watching, you immediately jump from wondering where his family is to thinking that the lack of family might explain why he is the way he is.

A man named Otto As funny as the Tom Hanks experience. It reveals something about his character. This is the man who played Mister Rogers, who once worked to save Matt Damon from WWII with his dignity in the midst of shocking violence. He is Mr. Reliable. Apollo 13, Captain Phillips and Silly All coast on his strong moral backbone, an integrity that is untainted by a short temper or sometimes harsh vision. Hanks is one of those actors who uses his toughness enough that you feel like you should have earned it. When he gets weird, it feels like a joke: weirdness doesn’t come naturally to him. So he sometimes plays with the unnatural. Bad luck, as we saw earlier this year Elvis, where Hanks played the king’s sleazy, bloated, carnivalesque manager, is a feature that only works (or tries to) in Hanks’ hands because we know the actor is a radical opposite. We know it’s a lie, but he’s a movie star, one of the best, and one of the last. When a movie star of this caliber hits a wrong note, we’re almost criminally inclined to point it out on purpose. The fascinating thing about Hank’s cleavage, the fat gets in Elviswhich Hanks clearly loves, it would be hard to prove us wrong.

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As Otto, Hanks plays an old schoolboy About Schmidt Type – A classic coder. Or to keep it in the hanksverse, the guy next to Jimmy Duggan, Mr. “No Crying in Baseball”: a joke that’s not so bad after all, the kind of guy you never fully hate, even When he hates it, it’s because you set him up as an emotional change from the beginning. Otto, especially in his way, is like an ugly cat that you can’t help but whine about – because you somehow convince yourself. That cat doesn’t mean it, even if your rabbits have blood. This is how Otto’s new, young neighbors, Marisol (Mariana Trevino) and Tommy (Manuel García-Rolfo) and their young children are treated. They know they are getting on his nerves. They know they’re asking for a lot of favors—being a big part of a man’s life who gives signs that he doesn’t want to be bullied. What they don’t know is that Otto has given up on his life—actually committing suicide—as they walk down the street. what we Realize that a little too much love is exactly what the movie formula gods ordered.

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A man named Otto Based on the 2012 novel A man named Ove by Fredrik Beckmann, which has already been adapted into a Swedish film of the same name. The movie is just okay. Mark Forster basically knows what he has: a great star, a good script, a relatable story. done Flashbacks tell us more about who he is (there was a woman!) and why he is the way he is. The small incidents involving Otto and his neighbors and the plot to reduce this wretchedness to a greater tenderness that he actually reaches his climax in an amazing act of solidarity, the kind of movement that we should not doubt that Otto is capable of. had Ultimately, he’s not a dumbass because he enjoys it: it all stems from a bone-deep sense of right and wrong. He’s a dick, but he’s not unfair.

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It’s interesting to think about what the movie is and isn’t. Otto’s got a swagger that, in the hands of another actor—say, Clint Eastwood—would easily lend itself to being an amazing bummer-hard-ass. dear torino The antihero follows the same path from dense to reluctant hero as the Otto we were given, but with an uncomfortable ceiling. A man named Otto It often feels like we’re on the verge of giving him a man who’s really offensive — less of a simple joke and more of a troubled grandfather who you struggle to approve of. But he passes like a pauper.

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Maybe that’s what can finally make a mediocre movie like this one feel so entertaining: a wonderful cast of oddballs and friendly faces surrounds a skilled Hanks as he takes on a familiar yet complicated role. Takes two steps, doing an ugly dance in all-around wrong but, ultimately, morally correct directions. All this is under his control. His antihero is all hero from the beginning. However, the film almost makes up for it. The characters among Hanks are clearly diverse, checking different boxes (Latinx, black, trans, disabled, the full range of ages) without – mercifully – feeling. too A wonderful engineer. Because Otto, as written, does not reject this world – because he does not name the young trans man at his door, or the new minority movement in his neighborhood. In not stealing racism – we need to know how bad it is. appears As he is, if he doesn’t complain about these things, he can’t be that bad. But the hank of it all already speaks for itself. He doesn’t risk coming across as a bad guy. His appeal is to convince us that he is flawed and forgivable, simply as a man.


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