I’m a sucker for car racing movies, which means that occasionally I wind up watching terrible examples of the genre. Such as this one.
The protagonist is an arrogant, brooding guy who’s out of control because of his brother’s racing-related death. There’s a girl racer who hates racing and loves nature. There’s some stuff about the physics of making tight turns. There’s some back and forth about risk-taking (bad) and teamwork (good). Lots of vroom vroom on the track.
It all felt amateurish, exaggerated, and overly long.
Hard to beat Herbie for goofy nostalgia or Speed Racer for epic weirdness.
I watch a lot of action movies and kids’ movies, but when I’m on planes I search the free entertainment library for the unexpected… a movie about a boy in Laos who builds a rocket, for example.
I chose A Hologram for the King for its similarly exotic setting; I’ve been to Laos, but never Saudi Arabia.
This Tom Hanks movie was definitely unexpected; I hadn’t heard of the book by the same name by Dave Eggers.
I liked the middle-aged central character and was interested in the problems he faced. In addition, the movie has some great humor in it. I have mixed feelings about the overall plot, however.
More below, with SPOILERS.
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