Director Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks team up for one of the best films so far this year in the drama-comedy, The Terminal. Viktor Naborski (Tom Hanks) an immigrant of a small eastern European country becomes stranded in the terminal of a New York airport. When Viktor’s plane lands in the United States, his homeland erupts in a civil war. His passport is no longer valid which means he can’t leave the airport to enter New York City and he can’t fly back to his country because it technically no longer exists. He doesn’t speak much English yet he begins making friends with an uncommon group of airport staff employees. The “diverse” personnel includes a shy Mexican food server, a tough young black female security officer and my favorite, a paranoid Indian janitor who finds pleasure in watching people ignore his wet floor sign and then slip and fall. The only person missing from that group is a blind movie critic. Viktor also meets an airline stewardess named Amelia (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and of course after stimulating conversation shared over airport fast-food-cuisine, they begin having feelings for each other. This is a warm, gentle film that is very funny and entertaining. The plot is original and the acting is exceptional. In fact, the only thing that wasn’t top notch was the forced love story. This is a film the family will enjoy and it’s an especially great date movie. (I tried to take another date to this movie but my wife wouldn’t let me.) I’m giving this touching, humorous movie an A rating.
This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.