#11 – CAST AWAY

23 Nov

CAST AWAY (2000) – Chuck Noland

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Synopsis – A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island.
Tom Hanks – The Island guy.
Co-stars – Helen Hunt & Wilson.
Best Parts – The plane crash, I love how there’s nothing exceptional about Hanks character – like he wasn’t a scout expert back in the day or that he has unusual and helpful upper body strength… he was average. This is how we would try to survive, when he first makes Wilson and keep staring at him while trying to light the fire, when he makes the fire, when the packages wash up onto shore, Wilson, the fact that we feel emotion for a volleyball’s disappearance, him spearing the fish from the far away rock – badass, I want to write a play about Helen Hunt’s character in this movie. 
Worst Parts –
They definitely could have shaved off some time from the scenes before the crash, they played the orchestral theme far too often, some of the dialogue was very… trite. The scene with him and his friend after he goes to Kelly’s house – it was kind of unnecessary… we already know he tried to kill himself. The angel wings lady at the end is a little abrasive, I thought some of the crazy could have stayed in Tom a mere 4 weeks after the rescue. Also, not sure the greatest message you should send is “You can survive a plane crash if you don’t wear your seatbelt.”
Best Hanks Acting – His smooth switch from work obsessed to panic to hopelessness to insane to shock to acceptance, when he’s sitting on the rock – 4 years later – eatin’ the blubber while staring into space, the scene at Helen Hunts house.
Best Line(s) – “Wilson!”, “Gotta love crab. In the nick of time too. I couldn’t take much more of those coconuts. Coconut milk is a natural laxative. That’s something Gilligan never told us.”

Overall –   (90 = A)

EXCEPTIONAL – (A+) 95 – 100
EXCELLENT – (A) 90-94
GOOD – (B) 80 – 89
AVERAGE – (C) 70-79
NOT A FAVORITE – (D) 60 – 69
SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN MADE – (F) – 50 – 59

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