The premise of this film was interesting, and I really like Tom Hanks, so I wanted to see this film, however the trailer was mediocre at best (with a narrator with the "In a world..." type voice), so I didn't want to travel far to see it. When it came to a local indie theater, however, I made sure to see it.
The film is very much a character-driven film. Tom Hanks is great, and his performance essentially makes the film. Hanks's character was likable, and Tom Hanks is always likable, so it was a good match. The plot of the film is extremely melodramatic, however the film isn't as much about the plot, and is instead about the character developing. From that perspective, the film was pretty good.
Other than Tom Hanks, no other actor really got to shine. Most disappointing was the use of Ben Whishaw. His talent was completely wasted. I have seen him as Q in the new Bond films, I have seen him in "Suffragette", and I have recently seen him in "The Lobster", and he is extremely talented. He has about one minute of screen time in this film and about two lines of dialogue.
So overall, while "A Hologram for the King" was pretty clichéd and melodramatic, it was a really good character study with a phenomenal performance by Tom Hanks and some amazing cinematography. Even though its near the end of its theatrical run, fans of Hanks still have a chance to catch this on home video.
A Hologram for the King
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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