It’s a little known fact, apart from the people unfortunate enough to sit next to Simon in a pub, that’s he’s not a massive fan of the Hanks, in spite of the quality of some of his movies. Does he really, against other actors of his generation, deserve two best acting Oscars, and seemingly 274242 nominations?
His choices, to be fair, have shown an ambition beyond that of many of his peers, but his films have a horrible habit of being overrated.
So, in the same way that fate has previously befallen Kevin Costner, The Cruiser and Harrison Ford, it’s time for the Den Of Geek Ready Reckoner ™
Turner & HoochThe less-good dog buddy movie
A League Of Their OwnLong, but enjoyable
Sleepless In Seattle
PhiladelphiaImportant? Yes. Patronising? Yes.
Forrest GumpA good 80 minute film, that’s 142 minutes long
Toy StoryImpressive, but – nnnghhh! – overrated?
That Thing You Do!Throwaway, but quite good
Saving Private RyanGut-wrenching, but very uneven
You’ve Got MailHorrible, and made me feel ill
Toy Story 2
The Green MileManipulative, but still very good
Cast AwayPleasant, and a terrific lead performance
Road To PerditionStriking, but Paul Newman’s movie
Catch Me If You CanFun, but nothing more
The LadykillersPassable, but pointless
The Polar ExpressPassable, and it is for the kids
The Da Vinci Code. It was bad enough watching everyone read the sodding thing on the train
Also: Dragnet (can’t remember a thing about it), The Money Pit ( remember it getting on my nerves but not much more), Splash, The ‘burbs (think I hated it).
Argue away in the Comments section below. Next up in the Ready Reckoner chamber: George Clooney…