Cast Away

I watched this a few weeks ago, and it’s the best movie I’ve seen so far this year.  Not too many actors could have sold the scene of mourning for Wilson so authentically, grieving for a lost volleyball.



Just as impressive is the quiet speech Hanks gives about the inspiring power of endurance.  In the hands of many actors, it would have come off as melodramatic, but Hanks delivers it with majestic understatement.



Speaking of majestic understatement, I can’t think of another film where the musical score so perfectly complemented the film in style and substance.  This hauntingly hollow track gives me goosebumps; its sparse spaces are full of depth:



But before this appreciation gets too full of itself, here’s a classic commercial joke based on the film:


4 comments on “Cast Away

  1. Just curious about why you’re just getting to Cast Away 12 years after it hit the big screen. Begs the question about another classic movie called the Wizard of OZ. Ever seen it?

  2. Ken, what can I say? It’s been on my to-do list, and I just got to it. Look for my reviews of last year’s movies in another decade or so.

  3. “I had to keep breathing.”

    My existence from 2003 to 2005, with minor variations. I also had to force myself to eat something, because I had sort of lost the will to die…

    That monologue was quite powerful. Hanks is a better actor than most of his movie roles give him credit for. I can just come up with two others off the top of my head, where his talent comes through as well as Castaway. Namely, Philadelphia and Forrest Gump; perhaps Private Ryan. Well, in Philadelphia, the screenplay seems to rely too much on stuff like him spitting blood into a hankie in a situation that underlines the injustice of his position.

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