Film Review: A Hologram for the King
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★★☆☆☆ Tom Hanks’ latest nice-guy endeavour falls flat in Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram for the King. Aiming for a lot and achieving little, the culture clash of America and Saudi Arabia – whilst interesting at first – doesn’t feel like anything new. Visually stimulating but with little to back this up, it feels fair to say that whilst there are a few redeeming moments to pull the film together; the final product still feels intensely average. Following all-American Alan (Tom Hanks) as he embarks on a trip to Saudi Arabia, the premise of the film revolves around him attempting to sell his company’s holographic technology to the king – as the title suggests. Along the way he meets a host of charismatic characters and discovers not only the county, but himself (original) – throwing a rose-tinted lens over the whole experience. At home, he has a nasty divorce and a daughter relying on his tuition contributions; in Saudi, he has adventure and happiness. The exotic pulls of quirky friendship, romance and the refreshing taste of change win out every time. That, and contraband alcohol.
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