[Pic: terminal movie]
Steven Spielberg, other than creating visual magnificence’s in his movies, has also a soft side. The last few films, spoke of it, way too much. Despite the soft side was even well known from Schindler’s List and Amistad, the last four/five films have brought out an interesting side of Spielberg. Having been inspired hugely by Spielberg films, I’ve created myself, a personality of Spielberg to be a technical showman. And Schindler’s List was nothing but a different film for this showman. But Artificial Intelligence and Catch Me If you Can broke those assumptions on him. They showed how Spielberg has grown-over the techie image. I believe, Spielberg has evolved into a style of filmmaking that allows him to take a simple story and weave it into an amazing masterpiece.
The Terminal is one such film. More than the premise of the story, the humane side stands out, clearly displaying the different arena of film making, where Spielberg now treads. The film talks about a man who gets stranded in the JFK Airport, New York because of a legal logical hole in the law. No one could do anything about it, just like Victor Navorski. He couldn’t get anywhere. He abides the law, stays in the airport terminal for months and finally gets a chance to step in the American soil. What would he do ?
With such an interesting storyline, the screenplay could practically non-exist. The story itself builds up an interesting screenplay and it’s way too simple for you to relate to it. The story being inspired for the real life of Merhan Nasseri, an Iranian refugee who was stranded in the Paris airport due to a different issue and still lives there to tell the world his story. Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can [CMIYC] also had a similar inspiration of Frank W. Abagnale Jr. But CMIYC was a little dry for the kind of story it promised. But The Terminal, refuses to be like its predecessor. Instead it’s quite hilarious and very comical at times, making you constantly wait for whats-gonna-happen.
Tom Hanks [Victor Navorski], the all-proven Hollywood actor, takes off from the very scene where he stumbles upon an unforeseen situation with the airport authority in JFK terminal. With his accent perfectly matching his looks of a foreigner, he says “Niw yarc citee”. Tom Hanks scores full points in the sequences that are funny but yet have their sad humane side. The way he climbs the chairs to have a close look at the television, which hangs upon his head. The way he ignorantly says “Homm Contree, I’m not afraid of homm contree”. Leaves a huge mark of his signature acting like what he did in Forrest Gump, Cast Away and The Road To Perdition. I hope Victor Navorski walks away with the year’s academy award for best actor.
Catherine Zeta Jones is also there. She is just there. But this guy Stanley Tucci as Frank Dixon does match up the performance of Tom Hanks. He is too good to be a bad guy.
Other interesting references are the janitor/juggler Gupta Rajan’s[Kumar Pallana] reference to Madras and how he came to the America. Finally this cute Indian’s sacrifice makes one feel so nice. This is the second nicest encounter of Indians after the programmer in Matrix Revolutions. The other reference is Amelia’s [Catherine Zeta Jones] reference to Napoleon’s last days at St. Helena and how his Ego saved him. Too new and exciting references in a Spielberg film.
With that the kind of ending, you would definitely laugh louder and turn back to your sides to see what other think of it. The forthcoming films of Spielberg like the War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones 4 might be huge blockbusters but they may not be of this genre. So it’s time we enjoy and appreciate this kind of Spielberg’s film making, inspiring him to continue with movies of the same genre.
I certainly forgot something. Hey, Kamal!! here is your next MunnaBhai. This one is certainly worth the try!!.