[52Movies] Week 7’s Double Feature: Michael Jackson’s Final Farewell & A Tom Hanks Classic
This week, I add two more titles to my list of 52 Movies in 52 Weeks: the Tom Hanks/ Meg Ryan romantic classic Sleepless in Seattle, a movie from which I’d initially only seen the beginning and ending (how does that even happen?), and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Michael Jackson[/lastfm]‘s concert film This Is It, documenting his final days before his untimely death in the summer of 2009.
After Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) says goodbye to his wife, and his son Jonah (Ross Malinger) to his mother after she dies from cancer, it’s time for the Baldwin men to begin a new chapter in their lives. They move from Chicago to Seattle in the hopes that new surroundings and people will heal them. But, when little Jonah calls a Chicago radio show in an effort to help his dad move on, an unlikely woman named Annie Reed (Meg Ryan) has her heart set on Sam, leaving her own fiancee behind.
WHAT I LIKED:
It’s hard not to get suckered in by such a sweet, romantic plot. And like I said, I had already seen the beginning and ending of this film, so I knew *SPOILER ALERT* that Sam and Annie get together. But the whole point of the film is the journey the two of them take that leads them to each other. It was that notion of destiny, fate, and true love that made me feel like I was watching a love story that could be compared to the best, right up there with Casablanca or Gone with the Wind (two titles I’ve yet to see, by the way).
It also didn’t hurt that the cast was adorable. Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and the cutest little kid played by Ross Malinger all had great chemistry with each other, which only made me root for all of them even more! Oh, and I’m kind of a sucker for anything to do with radio (shocking, right?) so the scene with little Jonah and his dad Sam on the radio was super cute.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:
Even though the point of Sleepless in Seattle is to follow the journey of a heartbroken man to happiness, a lonely kid with a broken family back to a whole, and a woman who chooses not to settle but to find her true love, I wish I could have seen what happens next, after that journey. They meet– FINALLY– in what’s quite possibly the most romantic way ever (on top of the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day), and… that’s it. The end. Credits. I wanna know more! Do they even make a date? Does she move to Seattle? Does he move to Baltimore? There’s a lot that could go wrong here, but I guess I’d rather be happy knowing that they crossed paths at all. I suppose, if they made it that far, nothing could get in their way to form a real relationship after that.
Movie #6: Sleepless in Seattle: 8 out of 10 popcorn kernals
What do you think of this movie? What other Tom Hanks films would you recommend for me?