|May 24, 2023
|Ignoring Clint Eastwood's
advice in "Dirty Harry" that opinions, like
certain body parts, are best kept to yourself.
From the article to the left:
Portrayed by Tom
Hanks, a grieving widower, Otto is often right about his
grievances. Why should he pay for six feet of rope and waste
a few extra cents when he bought just five? Why shouldn't he
warn inconsiderate drivers who often block garage doors or
entitled neighbors who can't remember to close a gate and
respect basic rules about trash disposal?
week I got around to watching
man called Otto" on Netflix, starring Tom Hanks
in the title role. I'd hesitated to do this, saw it listed
several times as a recommended movie, but the story of a
widower who is going through a terrible time after the death
of his wife from cancer was, I felt, a little too close to
wife of 53 years died of cancer in 2019.
nerved up a bit and turned it on. Hanks did an amazing job,
I thought, playing a sour and lonely man who had lost
everything. The film opens with a warning to the audience
about about scenes that depict attempted suicides, there
were 5 or 6, all failed. New neighbors, a feral cat that
more or less adopts Otto, and other opportunities for Hanks
to realize he needed to keep living.
struck me hard when he told his lady neighbor, talking about
his deceased wife: "There was nothing before
her, and there's nothing after ..."
urge you to see this film, where character development grows
until the end. If you are a widow or widower, as I am, you
might see reflections of yourself.
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