Forrest Gump, Inferno: Movies to binge watch on Tom Hanks' birthday
As Tom Hanks celebrates his 64th birthday, let's take a look at some of the most amazing roles played by the actor.
From the Golden Globes to the Oscars and even the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Tom Hanks has always been an award show mainstay of Hollywood. As Sony PIX celebrates his 64th birthday, let's take a look at some of the most amazing roles played by the actor.
Sully is a tale of quiet, unfussy and highly trained professionals doing their jobs in the most challenging circumstances imaginable. Hanks surely deserves to be applauded for his performance. This isn't just a case of playing another all-American hero. Hanks convinces the audience of Captain Sully's quick-thinking efficiency and bravery as a pilot but also shows his character's inner doubts. As Captain Sully is coming to the end of his career, there's an obstinacy verging on arrogance about his confidence in his own abilities. Catch the movie only on Sony PIX.
Few people had read the novel Forrest Gump when Robert Zemeckis adapted it for the screen in 1994. That was probably a good thing because most people walked into the theatre having no or little expectation. What they saw was the story of a sweet and simple man who finds himself at the centre of some of the most crucial events in the second half of the 20th century. He fights in Vietnam, unwittingly causes Watergate, meets three Presidents and coins the phrase "shit happens." It's easy to sneer at Forrest Gump – its emotional quotient is extreme, its politics are troublesome, and you could spend hours poking at its various flaws. The movie absolutely killed it at the Oscars, winning Hanks his second consecutive Best Actor award.
People were astonished when Tom Hanks came on screen in his third role as Harvard symbologist Dr Robert Langdon in Inferno after there were talks about him getting old. The nonstop drama is unavoidable to appreciate how Langdon ends up teaming up with Sierra Brooks, to protect the world from The Consortium. You can watch Inferno only on Sony PIX.
The Green Mile
Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, The Green Mile tells the fantastical story of a group of Death Row guards who encounter a man with supernatural abilities. Convicted of raping and murdering two young girls, John Coffey played by Michael Clarke Duncan is hiding more than his powers as the plot unfolds with Hanks leading as Paul Edgecomb, the officer in charge of Death Row. The movie is an emotional tale that was nominated for four Academy Awards and was directed by Frank Darabont.
Saving Private Ryan
Movies, TV specials and books about World War II are not exactly uncommon, making it hard to stand out in this genre, but Saving Private Ryan and especially Hanks' performance in the grim, gory film somehow resonated with the audiences in a new way. Saving Private Ryan is a powerful experience. This film embodies ideas. After the immediate experience begins to fade, the implications remain and grow. The horror of battle is given visceral power in Steven Spielberg's dazzling fusion of audacity, action and human drama. The military men bestowed the Distinguished Public Service Award to Tom on Veteran's Day in 1999 alongside Steven Spielberg for their work on Saving Private Ryan.
Here are a few other Tom Hanks movies you can catch on Disney+ Hotstar Premium:
Big delves into the life of a 13-year-old boy, who wishes to be big, wakes up the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult. Haven't we all had these fantasies at some point? Watch Big to know how Josh deals with his fantasies.
Saving Mr Banks
Author PL Travers travels from London to Hollywood as Walt Disney adapts her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen. Delve into the journey of PL Travers with Saving Mr Banks.
Toy Story 3
The toys are mistakenly delivered to a daycare centre instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home. So, unravel the mystery of this wrong delivery with Woody by watching Toy Story 3.
Toy Story 4
When a new toy called Forky joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy. Welcome the newest member of the gang - Forky - with Toy Story 4.
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