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: