2 Dec

The Terminal (2004) – Viktor Navorski

Synopsis – An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.
Tom Hanks – The lovable immigrant.
Co-stars – Catherine Zeta Jones & Stanley Tucci.
Best Parts – I love Stanley Tucci. I really do., there’s so many elements of Hanks movies in this film – Castaway (obvious reasons) Perdition (tucci) League of their own (Marla’s dad cameos) Big (Scary place becomes familiar – like the hotel), Splash (Like Madison, he learns some English from being surrounded by stores) Money Pit (He’s broke) Man with One Red Shoe (Airport) That Thing You Do (Playin’ a match maker) Sleepless in Seattle (He… has… a hard time sleeping?) Catch Me If You Can (Music, Spielberg)., when Hanks makes the joke with Tucci about obviously wanting to go to NY that night, the medicine is for the goat scene :), the dinner date scene is great too.
Worst Parts –
 Zeta Jones (not her fault) – the whole subplot on them is so unnecessary, their explanation to him about being unacceptable in the beginning is annoying cause there doesn’t seem to be a plan, I think an international airport should have a translator for ALL COUNTRIES ON HAND, the whole plot of the movie is a bit soft – but we’re not really watching the “plot” of this movie – when that shows up we’re like “oh yeah…”. Viktor really shouldn’t have thrown away that beeper, the ring and wedding for Zoe… come on! Also, if he were “going home” to JFK from 161 Lexington, he wouldn’t have gone through Times Square, he would have gotten on 495 from E. 36th street.
Best Hanks Acting – instills the heartbreak and helplessness we feel not being able to assist someone who can’t speak our language or understand what’s going on. You want to hug him and tell him that everything’s going to be okay. Hanks, a model American in the eyes of many, has us captivated as Viktor interacts with those around him and we hope he’ll understand, that he’ll connect, that he’ll be understood.
Best Line(s) – “Who the hell waits in a crack?”, “She’s a nice girl… she won’t take your chitting.” “Ever feel like you’re living in an airport?” “Oh God, Viktor. Please don’t tell me your father is in that peanut can.”

Overall – This movie gets a lot of shit but its most engaging moments aren’t where you think they’ve failed, it’s in what we take for granted. The stress and anxieties of turning fear into optimism. It’s as silly as it is touching. And it’s pretty damn silly.  (74 = C)

EXCEPTIONAL – (A+) 95 – 100
EXCELLENT – (A) 90-94
GOOD – (B) 80 – 89
AVERAGE – (C) 70-79
NOT A FAVORITE – (D) 60 – 69

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