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Life is waiting.
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!
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.
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.
In a sentence, Tom Hanks makes The Terminal a smooth take-off, thanks to his heartwarming performance. Give any genre to Steven Spielberg & he'll still be able to surprise you & that's what he did with this romantic comedy.
Based on a true story, this film is smartly directed with nice balancing between humor & other elements of this film, presents an innocent romance between Hanks & Catherine Zeta-Jones' characters, is elegantly captured by its wonderful cinematography and features superb performance from Tom Hanks & fine contributions from its supporting cast.
Even though the second half is less impressive than the first, on an overall scale, The Terminal is crafted with genuine care and remains a sweet, gently made, heartwarming tale of American dream, innocence, compassion & love.
Whether it’s from 1941 to Raiders of the Lost Ark to E.T or from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom to The Colour Purple or even from Jurassic Park to Schindler’s List, Steven Spielberg has proven himself to be one of the most versatile directors in the history of cinema. He once more proves it when making the shift from Minority Report to The Terminal.
The Terminal is a very basic yet very effective romantic comedy about an immigrant named Viktor Narvoski, played by the brilliant and charming Tom Hanks who is forced to reside within JFK airport when his country goes into war and manages to render his VISA useless.
The casting is terrific. Tom Hanks as Narvoski…
While i wait for the landing of the airplane, thought "Airports are livable places. There are food, tea, toilet, seats, bank, cosmetic and all kinds of shops. (When the zombie invasion, we can hide ourselves in airports.)" It was response for me, first of all.
The movie was very nice, scenario was very successful and Tom Hanks was very sweet. Actually, he was acting like Mr. Bean in the beginning, even so, I love Mr. Bean already.
Ps: Yes, Whopper. That's it.
128mins of fingers down a blackboard..oh that Russian accents meant to be funny and endearing? Tom Hanks..no Thanks
I started watching this film on Friday and due to lack of time have had to spread it out over the last few days. I wasn't really sure what to expect of the movie orignially- I love Tom Hanks, his acting is usually fantastic, and I'd heard of the story the movie was based on, about a man living in an airport after being deported, but I wasn't sure how true to that the movie was going to be. I was pleasantly surprised to be treated to a heartwarming and sweet tale of a man who impacts many people. Victor Navorski is travelling to New York to fulfill his father's dying wish and get the last signature of the people…
I found another movie i can't get tired from watching it. This is about how an airport can be the place for many stories, like finding love or losing it, knowing new worlds, that's what i love about this movie.
This could be my favorite Tom Hanks film.
'You say you are waiting for something. And I say to you, "Yes, yes. We all wait".'
A charming little airport based comedy, directed by the always-amazing Steven Spielberg, in which the legendary Tom Hanks plays Viktor Navorski. There is very little to dislike in this film, with it's charming protagonist, heart-warming story, and solid directing. While this is not Spielbergs best work, it is certainly one of his most fun. The acting is all very good, Tom Hanks and Stanley Tucci in particular stood out for me, both playing believable and progressing characters. For a film set in such a limited space (1 terminal at JFK airport) this film does have decent depth to it, and you find yourself…
A simple, humble and beautiful film.
No doubt the strong point of the whole movie is all the purity of the main character (Tom Hancks).
Nice surprise this movie =)
Tati flavored dramedy from Spielberg is stunning to look at. I love films that are shot in malls, grocery stores and airports. So much to look at in the backgrounds. yeah, I'm weird.
Oh, and everything else is top tier.
As feel-good as it possibly gets, The Terminal is downright heartwarming. Hanks as Victor Navorsky seems strange at first, but within a few minutes you're forgetting he isn't really Slavic. His likeable, humble character and the simple sweet story combine to create a very charming, albeit silly film.
To me, this is one of Spielberg's most underrated films.
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- Schindler's List
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
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