Tom Hanks Directing For The First Time Since That Thing You Do

By Josh Tyler 2010-01-12 01:48:33discussion comments
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Itís been a ridiculous amount of time since Tom Hanks wrote and directed his first feature film. He made his debut back in 1996, on the still highly underrated, toe-tappingly awesome movie That Thing You Do. Hanks proved he had real talent behind the camera, and then proved it again by helming the critically acclaimed television series Band of Brothers and From the Earth to the Moon. And then around 2001 he inexplicably abandoned directing entirely.

Now at long last Hanks is back with a new project. Deadline Hollywood says heís written a movie called Larry Crowne for his Charlie Wilsonís War costar Julia Roberts. Heíll direct and also star in the film alongside Julia as a man forced to find a new career to reinvent himself at a late age. The movieís a comedy and DH offers no explanation for where Julia Roberts fits in. Only that sheís in it.

Itís great news that Hanks is getting back to directing, but itís even better news that this means heís getting back to doing something besides those horrible Da Vinci Code movies. Sure they make a lot of money, but theyíre a total waste of his talent.

Tom Hanks movies before Da Vinci Code? Cast Away, Road to Perdition, Catch Me if You Can, The Ladykillers, The Terminal. A couple of duds in there but at least Ladykillers was ambitious and The Terminal, whatever its flaws, allowed Hanks to give a great performance. And the restÖ a legendary string of brilliant roles in three brilliant movies.

Now take a look at what heís done since appearing in The Da Vinci Code circa 2006: Charlie Wilsonís War, The Great Buck Howard, Angels & Demons. Lame. Duds. Boring even. A total waste of his time and talent. I want Tom Hanks back. Maybe Larry Crowne will give him to us.
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