The movie, "A Hologram For the King", has been playing on HBO so tonight I got around to watching it. To be honest the description didn't make the movie sound particularly interesting and certainly not like something I would enjoy. I only watched it because it stars actor Tom Hanks, one of my favourites.
Well, this movie was a most pleasant surprise for me, much like another unexpected favourite, "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen". It is filled with mild humour around differences between American and Saudi culture but without being over played or over the top hilarious. It portrays life far more normally than some of the present pop culture movies and is lacking in the crassness, vulgarity and brutality that many recent box office "hits" depend on to entice an audience.
I don't want to say any more and risk giving away the plot line, but if you have a chance DO take a look at this film. Throughout the movie there are many situations that could have morphed into high drama or ridiculous slapstick, but, much like in real life, the situations diffuse more or less calmly, leaving the other possibilities of how things could have played out restricted to our over stimulated imaginations.
What a lovely surprise to chance upon a particularly good movie when I least expected it. Tom Hanks plays his character, as usual, in understated fashion. That is what makes so many of his characters seem like real folk who could be living right next door.