I first sawthemovie when I was 11 years old, even then, its beauty struck me. There is a whole monologue about fluorescent lighting sucking the very life out of the common worker. When sad-sack Tom Hanks decides to give up his life for a fewdays of luxury, we understand because his existence may be a lot likeours: glum office job with lime walls, dirty floors, unpleasantco-workers, bad coffee and fluorescent lights on the fritz. Many repeat throughout the movie, such as the lightning bolt, the dogs, the ducks. This film is loaded with wonderful observations, a great score and songs, and standout performances. All in all this is one of the best kinds of movies, Funny and Hopeful.
Admittedly, his screen presencecompensates for Meg Ryan's lackluster acting at times. I've never seen a movie that made such a beautiful, subtle statement about living your life to the fullest without pandering to any of the typical Beating The Dead Horse melodrama that Hollywood normally subjects us to. The work of highly individual artists often prompts extreme reactions in moviegoers. Along the way Joe meets many characters who awaken him to the fact that life is worth living. Only in the final reel does the construction of the plotstumble, however this is due to film studio interference. I just found that out. You have to love amovie where a luggage salesman is a major plot milestone.
This movie is just so much fun to watch. The highlight of the film is the comedy. And the few who hate it should give it another chance,and pay no attention to the silly previews that exist on some oldervideotapes. His gain is our loss. This film is also rarebecause the Lion's share of the funny and insightful dialogue belongsto the minor characters and not the protagonists. A lot of the negative reviews here involve the word 'slow'.
Joe is a character we can all identify with, and everyone has abit of DeeDee, Anjelica and Patricia in them as well. The movie has a fantastic script, is directed beautifully andstands up to the test of time. It is laugh-out-loud funny in a very intelligent and inventive way. This movie has dozens of blogs devoted to it where people speculate about every meaning and symbol. The metaphors are easier to see and appreciate without another presence to distract you.
There are so many lines that will stick with you. I've seen this movie 15 times and to me it's a true masterpiece, nearly perfect in every frame, like Casablanca or Citizen Kane. But then again, it's not even close to a romantic comedy. Worth a look if you've never seen it, and especially if you enjoyed early Tom Hanks comedies. That is not to say that there is not romantic comedy in the story, butto say that it is the point of the film is monumentally short sighted. Terrific, quirky direction and an excellent script.
The movie is probably too allegorical for most tastes, but this is agreat tale about a character afraid of life, afraid of that next step,who finds his courage and puts his foot forward again. By the end of the movie, he belives his life is worthwhile and he belongs to himself. I just wish Warner Bros. During the voyage Joe and Patricia survive disaster, fall in love, and finally arrive at the island where they face their destiny. Synopsis When a hypochondriac learns that he is dying, he accepts an offer to throw himself in a volcano at a tropical island, and along the way there, learns to truly live.
At least that's my opinion. Hanks is at his comedic best as thesoul-sick Joe, and Ryan is fantastic in her three roles. It's a very simple story which he tells too slowly at times, and the ending gets way too cheesy. This movies is different from all his other movies: it is awork of art. Color and scenery also have a hiddenbeauty, such as in the scene with Joe's glowing warm in his cold, blueoffice, or the scene with the dog and child as he exits the doctor'soffice,or the scene with him all alone at his table at the hotel.
It is sort of a blend between D. But I think this box-office bomb just gets an undeserved bad wrap. This film doesn't have a plot so much as it has a journey. Of course, I usually enjoy films starring Tom Hanks. The terminal illness gives him something to believe in his life will soon end and Lloyd Bridges' proposal gives him to belong to the quest to jump in the volcano.
DanHedaya and Sam Waterstone's performances, though humorous, have a tonethatis more than the sum of its parts. Meg Ryan shows her versatility as three separate, wonderfully funny characters and Tom Hanks think of his character in The Money Pit but amusingly depressed as Joe Banks trapped in a dead end job and is told he has a terminal illness. The plot combines fantasy and satire in equal proportions. I actually enjoyed it for the most part. It should have been hailed as an instant classic.
The late Lloyd Bridges also turns in a stellar performances as Patricia and DeDe's dad Samuel Graynamore. Like all 'journey' movies no, not the 80s band, eeew , if the path the characters are taking doesn't resonate with you, the film will seem to drag on and on. A ten out of ten. Itis about discovering our humanity and what that entails. She was best as abrunette and redhead than acting as herself. Joe versus the Volcano is a fable which opens with somewhat surrealistic scenes of the dehumanization of Joe Bank's job and work environment at a company whose product rather literally screws people with imagery that seems to have been inspired by the classic film Metropolis. Meg Ryan is also wonderful in several flashy roles.