The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
This month’s genre has been chosen by DJ Valentine of Simplistic Reviews and we will be reviewing our favorite Reluctant Hero Movies.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Apr by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to think out of the box! Great choice DJ!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Reluctant Hero Movies..…
Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 May 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A down on his luck man finds himself in a strange situation after rescuing people from an airplane crash just to see someone else take credit for his heroism.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing abut when it came out nearly 28 years ago, and despite the stellar cast list, I never got around to watching it.
Dustin Hoffman is an interesting choice for the led but the way that he plays the lead just doesn’t work well enough for us to care about him at all.
Andy Garcia, Geena Davis and Joan Cusack are also all great actors yet none of them manage to make their characters likeable enough to watch.
The story has potential yet something seems to keep it from being much more enjoyable which is a shame.
James Madio does a nice job in the role of Hoffman’s young son, but it’s a bit hard to actually believe this (even) strained father-son relationship.
The one thing that this movie does get right is the idea of media sensationalism and even after nearly 3 decades, things work in that respect even if the rest of the film is one that can easily be skipped because it just doesn’t work well enough fr us to care about anything.
The film’s tone is off kilter throughout and they never quite know whether they want us to see this as a comedy or as something more serious.
Bottom Line – Not as enjoyable as I would have expected. Hoffman plays the lead in a very strange way and it’s really difficult to actually care about him or anything he does. The premise is quite good, but the characters don’t allow for things to be more enjoyable since it’s quite difficult to like any of them. Nice seeing a young Madio in the role of Hoffman’s son. The film does get the idea of media sensationalism right and it still holds up from that respect even after nearly 30 years. The tone of the movie is rng and they never decide whether they want it to be seen as a comedy or as a drama.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Reportedly, Dustin Hoffman didn’t get along with Director Stephen Frears, to the point, where on one occasion Hoffman yelled for everyone to hear, “Directors who listen to my advice win Oscars, and those who don’t go direct Havana (1990)”, a jab at Sydney Pollack, who directed Hoffman in Tootsie (1982), another director, with whom he didn’t get along. However, whatever happened between Frears and Hoffman was probably forgotten. They got back together many years later, on The Program (2015).(From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. Pretty boring film despite great cast.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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