Tom Hanks is an actor par excellence, and as is evident from my last post about Forrest Gump, he essays roles of this kind with effortless grace. He is so believable as Victor Navorsky, a visitor to US shores who speaks no English when he first arrives, that you end up laughing or crying as if on cue. The first time I watched this movie, there was "something in my eye." The second time I watched it, I damn near bawled my eyes out! A stellar cast, one which sees Tom Hanks accompanied by Stanley Tucci and Catherine Zeta Jones, does a wonderful job to bring out the nuances of "human-ness" as it is manifested in the most unlikely of situations.
As talked about in my previous post, the thing that I was most drawn to in this movie was the love angle; the bittersweet, ill-fated romance that Victor shares with Catherine Zeta Jones's character. From all the things he tries to do for her to whisk her away from her world and her troubles, to the inevitable reality that precipitates the necessary conclusion that there can be nothing there between them, ultimately, there is a sort of doomed yet magical quality to this love. Even thinking about it now, as I write this, makes me sniffle. But, I'm going to have to put that down to the obvious "issues" that I have. Maybe all I need is a hug... :-(
On that note, I'd like to return to the original and main point of this post and say this movie is worth watching, if not certainly once, at least a couple of times. My favorite bittersweet comedy scene in this movie is when Stanley Tucci's character is trying to explain to Victor that he cannot leave the airport and step into the United States because he doesn't possess any legal citizenship. When he asks if Victor understands him, Victor gives him a loud and smiling, "Unacceptable" in reply; a word he's picked up from before, but manages to use with poignant accuracy in this case. If you don't get what I'm talking about, then please watch this movie. And if nothing else, I'm sure the end will get you teary-eyed. Or maybe that's just sensitive ol' me again.