A Hologram for the King

A Hologram for the King ★★

D: Tom Tykwer
Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions/Saban (Stefan Arndt, Gary Goetzman, Arcadiy Golubovich, Tom Hanks, Uwe Schott & Tim O'Hair)
US/Germany/Mexico 2016
97 mins


W: Tom Tykwer [based on the novel by Dave Eggars]
DP: Frank Griebe
Ed: Alexander Berner
Mus: Johnny Klimek & Tom Tykwer

Tom Hanks (Alan Clay), Alexander Black (Yousef), Sarita Choudhury (Zahra), Sidse Babett Knudsen (Hanne), Ben Whishaw (Dave)

Tom Hanks' most disappointing film in over three decades, especially in terms of box office receipts.
He plays a corporate businessman involved in a Saudi Arabian sales project which he aims to propose to the king, who always happens to be undertaking duties in other cities or countries. That's pretty much the crux of the joke to this fish-out-of-water culture clash comedy which moves with as much energy as jetlag.
It's no Lost In Translation, and if you think the title doesn't sound particularly interesting, the performances aren't much more immersive either.