Run time: 126 mins
Tom Hanks stars in this wholehearted remake of Oscar-nominated Swedish hit A Man Called Ove.
As in 2015, this adaptation is based on the comical and moving New York Times bestseller from Frederik Backman. Hanks plays Otto Anderson, a grumpy widower whose only joy comes from criticising and judging his exasperated neighbours. Whether it’s harassing a delivery driver or accusing a dog of peeing on his walkway, Otto will do it. When a lively young family moves in next door, he meets his match in quick-witted and very pregnant Marisol (Mariana Treviño), leading to an unexpected friendship that will turn his world upside-down.
Hanks, playing against type here, is arguably at the best he’s been since Sully, but it’s Treviño who steals the film with every scene she’s in, delivering the kind of performance that is bound to be rewarded with nominations in this years’ Best Supporting Actress categories.
There is a typical raising of eyebrows whenever Hollywood cotton on to an international film’s success and attempt to emulate it . It often falls horribly flat but the may have just gotten away with one here. Heartfelt and poignant, this is an old-fashioned crowdpleaser to its core.