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||Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones,
||It's adult fair.
||When Viktor helps
the dude trying to take medicine out of the country.
||Walter F. Parkes,
Laurie MacDonald, Steven Spielberg
I know Iím probably in the minority, but take away the
security and I love the airport. I guess itís because I like to people
watch, or maybe itís just that I like to walk around and look at
things without a real purpose, but I have no problem arriving early
for my flight at OíHare, being able to grab some good eats, and just
watch people go by. Granted it might get old really fast if it was for
a stretch of weeks instead of hours, and if I had no money, but until
things go wrong, like a flight gets delayed, or I find out who is
sitting next to me on my flight, I like airports. Enough about my
weirdness, what about "The Terminal?"
A Movie Review
"The Terminal" stars Tom Hanks
as Viktor Navorski. As his luck would have it he gets to the United
States, only really wanting to make a quick trip, but heís stuck in
the international terminal because of a jack-ass security honcho,
Frank Dixon (Stanley Tucci). It seems Viktorís country has gone
through a government uprising, and now Viktorís visa isnít any good
and he canít get on a plane to get back to his country because his
government isnít recognized by the U.S. Without knowing any English,
Viktor must now figure out how to live in the airport. And we find out
the Viktor is quite the resourceful guy, finding the free crackers and
mustard for cracker and mustard sandwiches for awhile, and then
finding a way to make some cash returning luggage carts, only to find
our jack-ass hinder him in any way possible. But things begin to
change when Viktor begins to learn English. Eventually he befriends
some airport workers, and then falls in love with Amelia (Catherine
Zeta-Jones), a flight attendant.
And so, day after day goes on, Viktor finds more ways to make some
dough, he tries to figure out how to work the Amelia thing, but mostly
he is just waiting for the chance to fulfill his dream, much to the
dismay of Frank.
What made this movie great for me was itís simplicity in a complex
situation. Viktor really doesnít understand what is going on, other
than there is trouble in his home country and he canít leave the
airport. Yet he makes the best of every difficult situation,
persevering to the point where the entire airport staff loves him. But
what else make this movie great, and it scared me at first, was
Catherine Zeta-Jones. Yes, sheís pretty, but for a change, in this
movie, she seemed real. She has feelings for Viktor, but is torn
between what is a good man, and the scumbag men she is used to being
with. And the movie didnít get sappy with this plot as it could have
easily done; instead it moved its focus back to Viktor and his quest.
This is a great drama/romantic comedy that doesnít overdue the
sappy love story. All of the characters are fabulous, the set really
takes you into an airport terminal, and Tom Hanks is great as the
Now, before I wrap this up, and I know this might be politically
incorrect to say, but I think every immigrant who intends to live in
this country should have to do what Viktor did, and what my Grandma
did, and that is to learn English, and oddly enough, Viktor did it in
a way similar to my Grandma Ė in "The Terminal" Viktor buys two of the
same books, one in English, one in his native language, and he uses
the one in his native language to teach him English. My Grandma always
told me stories of how she would study the Polish dictionary compared
to the English dictionary because she was so proud to be in this
country that she wanted to learn the language. She also wouldnít teach
us Polish, other than a word here or there, because she simply said
"If you want to move to Poland, Iíll teach you Polish, but in America,
you speak English." I believe she really meant this, although, to this
day, I still wonder if it was so she and the aunts and uncles could
talk about us while we were in the room and we wouldnít have a clue.
Oh well, I digress.
"The Terminal" is a great movie. Spend the money for a nice
evening, buy a big bucket of popcorn, and your girlfriend with think
youíre swell. Itís 4 Ĺ stars out of 5 for "The Terminal."
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!