Tom Hanks has given both Hollywood and the rest of the world immeasurably amazing cinematic adventures. He makes acting look like a cakewalk and slips amusingly well into the skin of the character he is playing. He has done immaculate justice, to a plethora of roles that he has played so far. If anything, we are a hugely lucky generation that we belong to an era, where Hanks acted. Director, producer and screenwriter, Hanks can multi-task like a genie, and his acting potential knows no limits. On his birthday today, it seems like an apt time to relive the actors’ cinematic phenomenon and celebrate all that is yet to unfold.
The actor who turns 63 today, has been treating the audience with his on-screen versatility. Tom hasn’t left a single genre unexplored, and needless to say conquered them all. Not to mention brandishing our hearts with deeply rooted love, for both him and the character he played. Let us go through an emotional flashback of Hanks’ filmic endeavours (in no particular order).
1. You've Got Mail (1998)
Talk about a modern-day Romeo and Juliet with a happy ending! Tom plays Joe Foxx, the owner of a megachain book store, dreamy am I right? His only strong competitor in the market is Kathleen Kelly, played by Meg Ryan. But what happens when the two meet in an online chat room and begin to fall in love? This fairytale-esque story is the perfect film to watch with your friends, date or even parents as it is a classic with all age groups.
2. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Forget Tinder, have you ever fallen in love with someone over the radio? Sleepless in Seattle is the film which reaffirms your belief in love and how! Tom and Meg pair up again in this rom-com where Annie, played by Meg, is convinced that she is meant to be with the man she just heard over the radio. However, there’s only one problem that she is already engaged. The two romantic leads never properly meet until the last moments of the film and why the top of the Empire State Building is the stop where lovers meet.
3. Forrest Gump (1994)
If you haven't seen this highly acclaimed film, shut this article and do go so right now! Forrest Gump is worth watching as many number of times it takes you to remember the iconic dailouge and cherish it for the rest of your lives is, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never knew what you’re gonna get”. The epitome of feel-good films, Tom plays a man with a low IQ of 75 who was brought up by his mama to believe that he is just like anybody else. His journey takes you through the important moments in America's history and the way Tom has pulled the role off, the utter sincerity and forthrightness of Gump and portrayed his simple principles, his performance in the film is the stuff of legends.
4. Sully (2016)
Based on the real-life 2009 water landing of a US Airways jet onto New York's Hudson River by Captain Chelsey 'Sully' Sullenberger, saving the lives of 155 passengers and crew, is a story to be told. Directed by Clint Eastwood, this isn't just a case of playing another all-American hero. Tom convinces us of Captain Sully's quick-thinking efficiency and bravery as a pilot but also shows us his character's inner doubts.
5. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
While films on World War 2 are far from uncommon, Saving Private Ryan was successful in resonating with audiences in a new way. Tom is Capt. John Miller, who is ordered to find and rescue a missing soldier, PFC James Francis Ryan (Matt Damon) whose three brothers have just been killed in action. For his performance, The star received Best Actor nominations for the Oscar and Golden Globe, as well as two SAG Award nominations — for himself and as part of the film’s ensemble.
(Source: Peeping Moon)