FILM REVIEW — Candy little “Man Known as Otto”
Printed 12:08 am Saturday, January 14, 2023
“A Man Known as Otto”
Directed by Marc Forster
Starring Tom Hanks, Mariana Treviño, Rachel Keller, Manuel Garcia-Ruffo, Mack Bayda and Cameron Britton
Provided that the brand new film, “A Man Known as Otto” stars Tom Hanks, it’s no shock that the movie is a feel-good charmer.
Based mostly on a Swedish e book and an Oscar-nominated overseas language movie, this English remake is just a little saccharine however nonetheless manages to ship the crowd-pleasing items, albeit in a minor key.
Tom Hanks stars as the person referred to as Otto. He’s a latest widower who has been pressured out of his job. He’s a grumpy outdated curmudgeon wishing he might simply give up this world and be a part of his spouse in heaven.
Right here’s a spoiler, but additionally a set off warning in that Otto begins the film considering suicide. Don’t fret, he doesn’t succeed. It seems he has new neighbors who’ve an annoying behavior of knocking on his door at any time when he tries to do himself in.
These annoying neighbors (Mariana Treviño and Manuel Garcia-Ruffo) are pleasant, and so they spark a paternalistic streak within the grumpy outdated man. He finds himself performing little acts of kindness for his or her household, who reply in form regardless of his protests.
“A Man Known as Otto” finally ends up being a movie about how the toughest of hearts might soften if we might all cease bickering and present just a little compassion for our neighborhood. It’s fairly simple to fall in love with a movie with a message this healthful.
However, let’s not fake this can be a nice drama. Hanks is nice, however he’s additionally coasting by on his film star persona. He might grunt and name individuals idiots, nevertheless it’s unimaginable to neglect there’s a Tom Hanks buried below that gruff and grumpy exterior.
I imply, that’s precisely why you’ll solid him on this film, in any case.
The neighbors are principally minor characters or caricatures, excluding the brand new neighbor, Marisol (Treviño) who delivers a touching efficiency of a girl decided to like her neighbor, it doesn’t matter what.
It helps that she’s an excellent prepare dinner and has two lovable little women, however however her efforts on Otto’s behalf are fairly endearing.
All of it provides as much as a movie that can make you tear up at instances and depart you with a heat feeling in your coronary heart. I’m unsure why this film was held till after the Christmas film season as “A Man Known as Otto” looks as if an ideal vacation film for the entire household.
Nonetheless, higher late than by no means. The story is endearing, the movie is well-paced (though an actual property subplot fizzles) and Tom Hanks continues to be America’s beloved cinematic dad. My jaded head might price this one as a minor drama, however my coronary heart responded absolutely to the heat and appeal of “A Man Known as Otto.”
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