the lone commenter (ok it was a friend and i literally threatened him with spam in his inbox )on my blog told me to tone it down.so here i am after a week's hiatus. i saw The Terminal yesterday. its kinda old and being a steven spielberg product was something others deemed worthy of a theater visit. wrong. i saw it on dvd and am so much happier for that. i havent seen a flimsier storyline from the mani ratnam of the west. victor naworski comes to USA and is forced to stay at the JFK terminal after he finds that a coup has ousted his country's govt and that the US no longer recognises his country as a nation. they seize his passport and tom hanks who's already learnt to survive in a uninhabited island finds this a cinch. the handicap that offsets his proximity to burger king and potable soda is his lack of english diction , which he quickly masters comparing 2 tour guides, one in english and the other in his slavic tongue. no sweat for someone who can talk with volleyballs. he makes friends with the local airport employees ,helping one with his love life and enemies with the head of immigration who is determined to put him in some other dept's jurisdiction so he doesnt have to struggle with him. its kind of confusing as to why at first he wants victor out of his hair and later is determined not to let him go see new york. anyways victor lives happily in gate 67 applying for jobs within the airport and meets catherine zeta-jones a air-hostess who changes partners as frequently as flights. the question that has NOT been in anyone's mind is answered when he reveals that he is in the US to fulfil his father's dream of getting a sign from every one in a famous group of jazz musicians. if that was indeed a suspense the writers were hoping to spring , it worked on me. there was no indication of jazz music or a father or a promise he made to him till that point and suddenly its what the movie is all about. the war ends in his country and he is able to defy the immigration officer to go and get the jazz artist's sign.
the victor character is a little too selfless to believe. he is willing to sacrifice a whole lot more than a normal human being. tom hanks is too seasoned an actor to make any mistakes but i think spielberg made a wrong choice in selecting such a story .if such a movie is supposed to "slow me down and make me smell the flowers" it didnt work. i only felt frustrated that i spent 2 hours on it.