Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Tom Hanks and his bad movie
It wasn't all that long ago that a Tom Hanks film was something to see. Teamed with Meg Ryan, you knew it would be entertaining even if it wasn't believable. (Even at his most fit, Tom Hanks was never handsome enough to be the object of desire he was too often cast as.) Left on his own, you'd know he'd give an earnest, rote performance in a bad drama that was supposed to make you feel good for having sat through it.
But then came the '00s and they were not kind to Hanks as he made one bad film after another and repeatedly exhausted the goodwill of the audience.
By the time he got to those shlocky books about the Vatican (disclosure, I'm Catholic), his career was as dull as his performances.
A Reuters headline reminded me of just how awful his career has become: "Tom Hanks Explores Lighter Side of Unemployment."
I hope Larry Crowne flops at the box office. I've seen the trailer. People were booing it. The trailer has Tom Hanks losing his job and going to college where an annoying and one-note Julia Roberts is his professor. He learns 'skills' and gets a job.
In 2008, you might have been able to get away with that. As The Great Recession has continued, people aren't in the mood for that insulting crap.
People are out of work: With skills. With employable skills. We don't need this Hollywood crap.
I hope the film flops.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Tuesday: