Tom Hanks as Otto in “A Man Called Ove”
Tom Hanks brings his signature charm and likability to the role of Otto in the Hollywood remake of “A Man Called Ove.” Known for his iconic roles in films such as “Forrest Gump” and “Cast Away,” Hanks brings his acting prowess to the role of the grumpy widower, adding depth and emotion to the character. Despite initially portraying a misanthrope, Hanks’s performance ultimately leads to a heartwarming redemption for Otto as he forms an unlikely friendship with his new neighbors. With his familiar face and affable demeanor, Hanks is sure to endear Otto to audiences.
Portraying a misanthrope with heartwarming redemption
Initially portraying a character who defies the stereotype of the “nice guy,” the star plays a misanthrope who eventually becomes responsible for caring for a neighboring family in need
The quirky and unique origins of “A Man Called Ove”
Seven years ago, Sweden introduced a unique and quirky film to the world: “A Man Called Ove.” Based on Fredrik Backman’s bestselling novel, the movie tells the story of a grumpy old widower who constantly tries to take his own life. However, these attempts are continually thwarted when he witnesses someone breaking a neighborhood rule and feels compelled to confront them.
Despite his unfriendly demeanor, a nerdy young couple moves in next door and insists on befriending him, leading to a heartwarming redemption as Ove’s repressed sadness is relieved through their artless friendship. Originally played by Rolf Lassgård, the role of Ove has been taken on by Tom Hanks in the Hollywood remake, now renamed Otto. Mariana Treviño and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo play the friendly new neighbors.
A Man Called Ove
Tom Hanks brings his own unique flair to the role of Ove in the Hollywood remake, adding depth and emotion to the character. However, Tom Hanks’s star power also means that it is hard for audiences to fully believe that he could be as grumpy or unhappy for long. As the movie delves into Ove’s tragic backstory and the loss of his wife, it becomes clear that Tom Hanks’s inherent likability will eventually shine through and endear him to the audience. With his short haircut and familiar, open face, Hanks’s portrayal of Ove bears a resemblance to his iconic role in “Forrest Gump.” Ultimately, his character’s transformation from curmudgeon to adorable is inevitable.
Struggles with tonal misjudgment in depiction of suicide
However, like the original film, the movie struggles with its treatment of Ove’s unsuccessful suicide attempts. These scenes are hampered by a tonal misjudgment and fail to strike the right balance between seriousness and humor. The newspapers have strict guidelines on how they can portray suicide, but the cinema is afforded artistic freedom. Despite this, the scenes with Hanks buying the necessary tools from a hardware store and then getting into a disagreement with the manager over the change are neither serious enough to do justice to the subject nor dark enough for black comedy. They are also not funny enough to be considered comedy, coming across as weirdly sentimental from the start.
Overall review of “A Man Called Ove” remake
Overall, the Hollywood remake of “A Man Called Ove” stays true to the form of the original film, Hanks brings his unique charm and charisma to the role, but the movie as a whole never fully comes to life. It will be released in the US on December 25th, in Australia on January 1st, and in the UK on January 6th.
Read our next article: