cast away, in
its most literal sense, is what Hanks would like to bring to
mind. Tossed away like a used snot rag, or last night's McDonald's
receipt. I think he succeeds.
I noticed the audience was divided viciously like the Lord
of the Flies cast. Some wanted to skewer it and go on about
how Cast Away spends too much time on island scenes,
or la bitch about the un-Hollywood ending-" I work all
day I want my Hollywood ending." (Actually overheard
while leaving the theater) Others embraced the poor lost
castaway, and walked away with a little bit of wonder and gratitude.
Thanked Hollywood for letting us be thinking beings and not
force feeding us the plot. I was in the latter tribe.
And yes the rumor is true! The movie
really is just Tom Hanks as Chuck Nolan castaway with
a soccer ball buddy named Wilson on an island for 85% of the
the film. But I did say Tom Hanks not Keanu Reeves. Casting
is everything no?
Chuck (Hankie) survives a terrible ordeal in the sky, endures
the sea and belies up to what would normally be Shangri-La on
Earth. A Pacific hideaway fit for a nice little tropical style
Hyatt. However, there is no Hyatt here! Chuck's found himself
sans the fancy room service, nill on the tiki bar and nada for
pay-per-view on this desolate Gilligan's Island. Getting creepy!
Chuck has to learn to live like a rabid pigmy native, whilst
accidentally killing himself. NOT like that pussyfest Survivor
Island this past season. Poor Tom Hanks...works something
like six years getting a movie made only to have some folks
blatantly accuse him of a Survivor rip off. He didn't-
What would happen if you were lost at sea? Could your
family go on without you? Would they give up, naturally presuming
your fish food? How long would you wait for your love
before you gave up hope? Sniff.
Away touches on these types of emotions and still lets us
nervously laugh a bit at Chuck's isolation denial techniques.
Meanwhile we are thoroughly entertained by the genius behind
the woolly beard inside Chuck's weathered- sun-baked- voodoo
man- Jesus haired- carcass one Mr. Tom Hanks.
who shows up as Chuck's love? HELEN HUNT-again! Okay it is getting
a tad bizarre now. Can't you just hear the Hollywood moguls?
"Hey we need a generic blonde- not too pretty - this Hanks
isn't so hot himself. Don't want to ugly him up with too pretty
a gal. See if that Ms Everygal USA, er, Hunt somebody is available.
Well, tell her Spacey's in it then... anything just get her!"
is one of those love it or hate its...I completely loved it.
Even it's unorthodox ending...I find Hanks mesmerizingly talented.
Aside note: Fear not when you first start watching Cast
Away. You'll feel as if you've stumbled into the into the
2000 Addy Awards (Advertising awards) ceremony, for this
years Federal Express campaign...Not Cast Away. Have
patience there is a light at the end of the dizzying gorrilla
marketing start. Now would be a good time to ad FedEx to your
recommendation: Coconut drenched crab legs and Parrotfish
Tom Hanks and Helen Hunt
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis