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Friday Film: “The Terminal”

There are films made so that you can pass the time thinking nothing or simply relax and enjoy something for the sake of your tiredness, maybe have some laughs or some jump scares depending on the film genre you choose. On the other hand, there are movies like this one which not only does it contain some of the above, but it also makes you concern about various important matters going on in the world around us.

The Terminal” is Steven Spielberg’s 2004 comedy/drama movie, which has the ability to make you cry during meant-for-comic-relief scenes. Steven Spielberg is a well-known Hollywood director and one of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema. He has directed plenty of wonderful films which I am sure you have all watched – maybe even more than once – including “Jurassic Park”, “Catch Me If You Can”, “Minority Report”, “Jaws”, Schindler’s List”, “Bridge of Spies”, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and “Saving Private Ryan”. This movie is, of course, one of his masterpieces as well, but, what else did you expect from a “Best Director” and a “Best Picture” Oscar winner?

When Victor Novarski (Tom Hanks,  “Captain Phillips”, “Cast Away”, “Sully”, “Forest Gump”) arrives at the John F. Kennedy International Airport of the U.S.A. he is forced to stay in the airport due to the fact that his papers are no longer valid because his country is at war. Accepting his inability to travel back to his country or enter the U.S. territory, he starts living in the airport, making it his home and establishes relationships with the people who work there until the time comes when he can leave.

“The Terminal” is the kind of film, which can make you laugh your heart out in one moment and in the next one can have you completely sad and heartbroken. The mandatory fact, which can influence you in such a great way, is the deep bond the film is creating between you and the main character along with all the things that he is going through for a reason, which is so unfair and irrational. In addition to that, the development of Victor’s story and the choices during his stay at the airport is somewhat brilliant, unique and entirely complete to a point where you are not sure if the ending is going to be redeeming for the character or not. Until you know, you are going to love this storyline and not be able to let go of it, even when it comes to its end.

It is blatantly obvious that the main reason all the above are happening in the correct way for you to enjoy this movie and sympathize with the main character, is Tom Hanks himself. This great actor had me moved in almost all of his movies, no matter which character he was bringing to life and he is, in fact, one of the Hollywood actors I have placed in the list of the ones who have made such great movies that you simply cannot choose which one of them is your favorite. Furthermore, if you happened to see at least one of the masterpieces he has starred at, then you should know how easy it is for him to create a special bond between you and the character he is portraying. Plus, who does not love Tom Hanks anyway?

“The Terminal” is one of the best films of its kind and its storyline is something you will not get to watch again in any other movie, at least not until today. If you have not watched this great 2004 movie, it is high time you did.

I will be back next Friday with another one of my favorite movies that you must watch.

Until then, leave your comments below and let us know what your thoughts on this movie are and if you enjoyed watching it.


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