Main Stars: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, John Goodman, Max Von Sydow, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright
Review Date: July 2016
Last watched: July 2016
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: DVD
Think I was given this by someone and need to let them know that they have a eye for a good movie. This one’s a cracker. No heavy action, no big plot, no huge actor going for an Oscar nomination. It’s all about the kid and how he interacts with the world.
Really well made, enjoyable and the script shows good control and understanding of what’s needed for the story rather than going off on one and pushing some agenda.
Now although I said no ‘Oscar’ performances were being attempted, I have to admit that some were still given. Sandra does some wonderful emotional subtleties that I really liked, Tom is such a cool customer and knows how to play it without taking up the screen and Max alongside Thomas (the kid) are the best double act in town. The director made good choices here for both actors and direction. Nice to see John not playing some larger-than-life guy and also really good performances from Viola and Jeffrey who are only on-screen for a few minutes.
However, there’s a star in the room. Thomas didn’t come across as a child-actor but instead brought his character to life in the most believable way. Nothing was unreal, it was all spot on and caught me by surprise so much I had to see what he would do next.
Honestly, peeps, I wouldn’t choose this based on the description but from the starting minutes until the end, I found it riveting and well written. In fact the only dodgy bit is the freeze-frame at the very end. You’ll see what I mean!
A late-teenager-and-up film, not for anyone with easily runny make-up (some sob moments) or for those looking for a thriller but defo for anyone else.
DVD Extras: Only a good making of although all too short. Not gag reel.
Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Watch if on TV?
Yes, maybe. It’s one that might appear to be heavy, even though it’s not.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Marry. A display of writing, acting and production that doesn’t come along very often.