Watch Tom Hanks trapped in a US airport terminal and also in the worst film of both his and Spielberg's not inconsequential careers. A slow first half nods knowingly to the comedies of Jacques Tati before nodding off completely while the second is a turgid slough of manipulated sentiment. The corporate product placement is as shameless as the shallow and soulless film-making. Barely watchable and irredeemably trite.
If they'd cut the last 15 or 20 minutes i'd have given this 5 stars. I particularly liked the indian guy's juggling and plate spinning at 1:25. Very Wes Anderson. Is it a coincidence that this came out the very same year as the life aquatic? Yes I think it is. It occurs to me now that this should have been a Bill Murray film.
There is much about this film that is appealing: sharp dialogue, laugh out loud moments and sparkling musical cues… all of which largely disappear after the opening hour. From this point onward the film descends into the sugary sentimentalism that is present in much of Spielberg's work. An excellent Tom Hanks manages to extricate himself from this syrupy mess - as does the wonderful Stanley Tucci.