A Man Called Otto Review

A Man Called Otto Review

Briefly:

Oto is a 60-year-old grumbling at the whole world. Of course, he has many reasons to grumble: his wife, who he loved all his life, died recently, after 40 years in the same job, he was escorted to an honorable retirement, and most importantly, there are idiots around him who disturb the established order. Or at least that's how it seems to Ot.

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PG-13
2h 6min
Comedy, Drama
2022

Technicality - 8/10

Story - 8/10

Characters - 8/10

A Man Called Otto Review

Description: Oto is a 60-year-old grumbling at the whole world. Of course, he has many reasons to grumble: his wife, who he loved all his life, died recently, after 40 years in the same job, he was escorted to an honorable retirement, and most importantly, there are idiots around him who disturb the established order. Or at least that's how it seems to Ot.

I really don't like how it happens... you start watching a movie and you already expect that it will try to "make" you feel something... but the movie doesn't, and before you lose your self-defense, it comes running and hits you in the sides with emotions you didn't expect. Oto is a disgruntled, bubbly, smothering old man… and to be honest, I'm quite a similar bubbly old man too. And the neighbors are "too" positive... However, what I liked is that this story does not portray either side as living "wrongly". Otto's dissatisfaction with life is not shown as a vice, but as a way of survival. However, the ability to enjoy what you have now is a very important quality. The situations here are over-the-top, but many of them are easy to apply to each of our lives. Once upon a time Oto is such a warm and simple film that at the end of it I thought - I could be less bubbly... maybe that's what I need to do.

There are actors whose performance I don't even need to see to know immediately what will happen. This is the situation with Tom Hanks, or as his friends call him, Thanks. He is the kind of actor who is able to convey good and warm emotions naturally and without pressure. Although I can't say that Tom is the most "flexible" actor in Hollywood, he doesn't even need to play certain characters, he just happens to be that character. And I can say that Oto and all the characters in the film who live around him very quickly captured my sympathy and felt like they were just people... strange, but real. And when it comes to secondary actors or the quality of the film, everything is done very well. The locations feel lived in, not just a set. The music matches the style of this film and the camera work is fast, although it won't impress you with something, but it will convey the tone perfectly.

The film feels like it loses focus in places and the story, which has been quite focused so far, gets a little lost. The film does not have only one narrative, it is rather constructed from rather short scenes, almost all of which have a time gap between them. Because of this story jumping, sometimes it is difficult to understand exactly how much time has passed since the previous scene - 1 day, week, month? Since I haven't seen the original 2015 movie yet, it's hard to compare it to. It is said in many places that it is a one-to-one copy... In general, the film will not change your life or surprise you with new ideas, but you will certainly not feel that you have wasted your time. And maybe... just maybe... you'll think that you should be less fussy about it...

Overall - 8/10
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