|Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation | Release Date: December 22, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
A really classic adventure yarn with one of Hollywood's great actors hitting one out of the ballpark. If you're seeing only one movie this season, this is the obvious choice.
It's a startling physical transformation, as Noland goes from flabby desk jockey to lean, mean fishing machine. But even more remarkable is the mental transformation Hanks effects.
Zemeckis is more interested here in getting us thinking (and feeling) than in telling us what to think.
Bold, ambitious -- and ambiguous.
An adventure movie of extraordinary simplicity and power.
A 25-minute third act is far too short to suffice, especially when the previous two hours are as astute and technically impressive as they are here.
It's a simple message, and it's delivered with a grace and subtlety that's rare in would-be blockbusters.
The film's most remarkable achievement, in this culture of clamor, simply may be its decision to keep the volume down, drawing us in as opposed to pummeling us, as most films do.
With its weary introductory and concluding passages, it announces itself as the most typical of fare, a real letdown after that stirringly fresh central part.
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