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Viktor Navorski is a man without a country; his plane took off just as a coup d'etat exploded in his homeland, leaving it in shambles, and now he's stranded at Kennedy Airport, where he's holding a passport that nobody recognizes. While quarantined in the transit lounge until authorities can figure out what to do with him, Viktor simply goes on living -- and courts romance with a beautiful flight attendant.
This is about a man who is stuck in an airport terminal and he can barely speak English. I'm not quite sure how Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg pull this off, but they did.
I don't know how many times I've watched this film. One more time I caught it on tv and I couldn't resist.
Viktor Navorski is probably one of the sweetest characters in cinema and one of my favorite Tom Hanks performances.
It's so sweet and warm, I always feel great after watching it!
Marking the third collaboration between Steven Spielberg & Tom Hanks after Saving Private Ryan & Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal is an intimately crafted, light-hearted, feel-good romantic comedy that, thanks to Spielberg's assured direction & Hanks' heartwarming performance, succeeds with a smooth take off, stable flight & safe landing over the course of its runtime.
Inspired from a real-life event, The Terminal tells the story of Viktor Navorski who arrives at JFK airport from a politically unstable country only to find himself trapped at the terminal for his passport is no longer valid & he can't be deported back because of the outbreak of war in his homeland. Stuck at airport for an unspecified time, he ends up making this new place his…
I've seen The Terminal at least six times, and it never gets any less entertaining. It is charming, simple, lighthearted, and refreshingly isolated. The entire film takes place in an airport, and the entire film focuses on Tom Hanks building relationships and learning the ways of American life. He is the nicest man you'll ever meet, and people enjoy him for it. There really aren't any thematic or existential ideas to write about, but that does not take away from the film at all. Many consider this a wasted collaboration between Spielberg and Hanks, they couldn't be more wrong. Sometimes cinema is best when it functions as the most pleasant way to pass time.
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The Terminal was a film that was frequently visited in my adolescence, a favourite within our home, evoking an accessible and sentimental tone that once in a while strikes me, filling my insides with warmth; a film that immediately places a smile on my face right from the start. This is Tom Hanks not in his most complex and demanding of roles, but it is the one that got through to me since my initial viewing; powered by primarily nostalgia, the loneliness and heartbreak he endures is worthy of my sympathy, and it cannot be helped, but I gain a sense of awe in his ability to create an entirely new language…
So, the best way to learn a foreign language is to get stuck in its airport?!
But that annoyance aside, Spielberg proves he is the master by turning what should be shit, into a brilliant movie. And in Victor, Tom Hanks has found a character fit for his talents.
The Terminal is a film that tells a story that can only ever be real within the wonders of cinema. And The Terminal is a film that makes each and every one of us love the wonders of cinema.
Kind of a snooze fest if I'm gonna be honest. It felt so drawn out and was longer than it needed to be. I remember thinking that it's about to be done but when I checked it still had an hour left. While the story moved slowing I was kinda enjoying it I guess? Because Tom Hanks gives a really great performance and I feel the rest of the film didn't deserve his talent. Spielberg knows how to direct a movie that's for sure. Since it all takes place in an airport you would think it would've got boring looking at the same stuff for two hours but Spielberg directs in a way that it doesn't feel the same old, same old. Really wish I enjoyed this more but for the Tom Hanks performance alone it was kinda worth it.
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What a sap fest.
Through broken English and a faux-Russian accent, Tom Hanks wanders around a hotel for an extremely schmaltzy two hours.
Hanks may just give his best performance ever, but The Terminal is too schmaltzy, sweet, and syrupy for me to bare.
He learns how to near-fluently speak English just by hanging out in an airport for 9 months. Because... logic?
Super forgettable too.
Spielberg really had a fetish for airports in the early 2000s.
Also, the love interest is the mom from Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, so I had some pretty bad PTSD-esque flashbacks throughout.
But hey, at least it's not War Horse.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Tom Hanks' Viktor Navorski isn't a character. He's unfailingly decent and kind to everyone, industrious, chivalrous, honest, etc., and on a quest of pure altruism. Stanley Tucci's Frank Dixon isn't a character either, despite the distinctive touch he gives to the William Atherton-esque role of the power-drunk, by-the-book bureaucrat. Nobody has a character arc in this story--which isn't inherently a problem, since this is clearly supposed to be an allegory about America's approach to immigrants as "not a problem, as long as they remain invisible and don't rock the boat at all."
The problem is that Spielberg doesn't direct it as that kind of allegory. It becomes a twinkly, romantic fairy tale. Spielberg the artist who can show a sting…
Completely ceases to make any sense in the last half hour, story-wise and character-wise. Very unsatisfying, but by that point you've either accepted that it's kind of all over the place, or rejected it outright. For whatever reason, I'm okay with it.
Actually, I do know. Tom Hanks is why. I couldn't possibly imagine this being in any way watchable if it didn't have Tom Hanks.
Pues me ha gustado. Es una crítica a como las autoridades americanas desprecian a los extranjeros. Si, sé que está basada en la vida de nosequién, pero tiene su toque original y oye, me pone.
Kind of irritating, but I mostly enjoyed it.
Mostly a perfectly fine silly puffball comedy; Viktor's limited grasp of English lets Spielberg treat the first act like a silent comedy, before veering into screwball territory, but right when I think the momentum is landing there's a full 30 extra minutes! Mentally I was prepared for the film to wrap itself up so that last half-hour came across and interminable.
I still don't like the ending. But this time I figured out why: from a character point of view, there's no build-up to it. Hank's actions at the end aren't a response to some sort of internal struggle he's been battling the entire movie. Riddle me this, fellow Letterboxrs: what's Victor Navirski's character arc?
It's still a lovely film. And it might feature my favorite Catherine Zeta Jones performance ever (this from a huge CHICAGO fan). I don't think we get to see her this vulnerable very often.
Da un vizio burocratico, da una falla nel sistema, assistiamo ad un'apologia dei reietti messa in scena con piacevole piglio da Steven Spielberg. Le vicissitudini che vedono coinvolto uno stralunato Tom Hanks intrappolato per giorni nel terminal dell'aereoporto di New York, danno vita ad una storia sulla solidarietà, non molto accattivante e poco convincente in diversi passaggi, ma ha il pregio di non rendere troppo stucchevole la storia d'amore tra Hanks e la Zeta-Jones (che ci fa quasi una bella figura).
Yes, he's really really good.
I have some blind spots and lots of these could use rewatches.
One of the most by-name recognizable directors (especially for general audiences), Steven Spielberg has made some really great films, but…