December 9, 2012
stay for the credits, see who was who!
While Hanks and Berry were certainly fine (he best as the ship's doctor, she as the feminist reporter), the real fun of this movie is some of the casting surprises. Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant and above all Jim Broadbent stole all of their scenes, and each played at least three characters who were very distinct from each other. I kept expecting Hugo Waving to call someone "Mmmrrrrr. Anderson ..... " as he played only villains, be they male or female, in each of the six different times. Any description will seem more complex than the movie is, this is no Inception, the movie is quite easy to follow. The message is very much one of gender and race having no bearing on identity or humanity, delivered very heavily by the end, but the storytelling is entertaining, the costumes all well-considered, and the performances delivered with relish (if not always with enough direction). You may be surprised, as I was, by the finale credits (which reveal visually which actor played which characters).
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