The Tom Hanks Ready Reckoner

Welcome back to the irregular slot where we take a wildly popular movie person and assess their back catalogue. This time: Tom Hanks...

Tom Hanks. Looking puzzled.

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 ™

Big

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3 out of 5
The good body swapping movie.

Turner & Hooch

2 out of 5
The less-good dog buddy movie

A League Of Their Own

3 out of 5
Long, but enjoyable

Sleepless In Seattle

1 out of 5
Horrible, and made me feel ill

Philadelphia

2 out of 5
Important? Yes. Patronising? Yes.

Forrest Gump

3 out of 5
A good 80 minute film, that’s 142 minutes long

Apollo 13

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3 out of 5
Er, was it just me that thought this was just ‘okay’?

Toy Story

3 out of 5
Impressive, but – nnnghhh! – overrated?

That Thing You Do!

3 out of 5
Throwaway, but quite good

Saving Private Ryan

3 out of 5
Gut-wrenching, but very uneven

You’ve Got Mail

1 out of 5
Horrible, and made me feel ill

Toy Story 2

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4 out of 5
Superb, and better than the original

The Green Mile

4 out of 5
Manipulative, but still very good

Cast Away

3 out of 5
Pleasant, and a terrific lead performance

Road To Perdition

3 out of 5
Striking, but Paul Newman’s movie

Catch Me If You Can

3 out of 5
Fun, but nothing more

The Ladykillers

3 out of 5
Passable, but pointless

The Terminal

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2 out of 5
Mawkish, and not very good

The Polar Express

3 out of 5
Passable, and it is for the kids

Not watched:

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…

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