Castaway of Kennedy Airport
The Blonde and The Maven
Viktor Navorski, an Eastern European gentleman
played by the brilliant Tom Hanks—that movie where he
had to go to the top of the Statue of Liberty to meet
Meg Ryan, and the other movie where he played the slow
but wonderful and lucky character—finds himself stranded
at Kennedy Airport. While he’s in the air, en route to
America, his homeland erupts in a coup overthrowing the
government of Krakozhia. The unrest in Viktor’s homeland
has led to an invalidation of his passport. He is now a
citizen of nowhere and has become a man without a
country. Viktor is unauthorized to enter the United
States and must remain a refugee in the terminal’s
international transit lounge until the unrest and war in
his country is over.
Maven: Stop! Stop! I can’t take it anymore. The Tom
Hanks movies that The Blonde is trying to refer to are
Sleepless in Seattle and Forrest Gump. Having gotten
that off my chest, we can now move on.
Blonde: Picky, picky, picky!
the romance to this endearing, tender movie is the
gorgeous Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago, Intolerable
Cruelty). She plays the flight attendant, Amelia Jones,
who admittedly has poor taste in men.
Maven: No, her name is Amelia Warren.
Blonde: Whatever! I do share her poor taste in
Portraying the supercilious Airport Security
Official Frank Dixon is Stanley Tucci (The Core). Also
important are four other main characters that Navorski
befriends. Their initial mistrust is soon replaced with
genuine respect, dignity, and honor after getting to
know the complex and mysterious Viktor. It’s fascinating
to watch how resourceful Viktor becomes to survive the
months he was trapped in the airport. He has to overcome
many obstacles including the language barrier, lack of
American currency, and inadequate living
Blonde: These problems are the same as most Americans
experience. This movie was like Castaway meets Moscow on
the Hudson meets Casablanca. Can I even begin to tell
you how much I loved this movie? I enjoyed every sweet
second and didn’t want it to end. Hanks’ genius
portrayal of the innocent yet charming Viktor made it
possible for you to feel every emotion the character was
experiencing. In the beginning scenes, when he first
learned about his county’s devastation, his pain,
confusion, and complete distress just came pouring
through the screen. Hank’s precise accent added
dimension, sensitivity and warmth to the lovable
character of Viktor. What a powerful story of friendship
Maven: The most impressive feature of this movie is its
lack of special effects. There is no explosive action.
No murders take place; uniquely, no fanatic religious
fervor of any kind was in this story either.
Blonde: Not to mention, no sex or nudity! A wholesome
change for the present-day Hollywood.
Maven: The Terminal is character driven with the
momentum starting and ending with Tom Hanks. He immersed
himself in Viktor’s portrayal, not only with a
solid Slavic accent but with the physical mannerisms as
well. Not since Meryl Streep’s performance in Sophie’s
Choice have I been so mesmerized by an actor’s total
Blonde: My, you’re gushing! I have to agree though. Tom
Hanks in my opinion has become the finest actor of our
time. He truly deserves the Oscar for every movie he
appears in. They need to make a new category exclusively
for him. Just when we think he can’t grow anymore or be
anymore diversified as an actor, he surprises us and
takes that extra leap. By the way, Catherine being Welsh
is also sporting an accent as an American. Give her some
credit, too. Believe me it’s hard for me to give her any
extra credit since she already has it all, including
being married to Kirk Douglas. Doesn’t she appear to
have the perfect life?
Maven: That would be Michael Douglas, and yes it
does appear to be that way. I thought Jeff Nathanson and
Sacha Gervasi wrote a strikingly original script—very
loosely based on a true story by Andrew Niccol—without
being too sentimental. Stanley Tucci was sensational as
the rule-bound security officer Dixon. I thoroughly
disliked this character!
Blonde: I disliked him even more than my ex.
Maven: Which ex?
Blonde: Take your pick! Dixon was so cruel that he was
hard to even watch. Let’s not overlook the more than
amazing, talented Steven Spielberg. You can always
detect his directing style just by the tenderness and
honesty he uses to tell his stories. Now Steven, that’s
a guy you want to bring home for mother.
Maven: You’re too late. He’s married to Kate
Blonde: So what? I still want to bring him home for
The Maven: He’s married!
Blonde: Okay! How about if I just bring him home for
Maven: Okay! If I can bring home Tom…
Blonde: You can't, he’s married…
Maven: Now who’s being picky, picky, picky!?
Blonde: Personally, I don’t think it would be all that
bad to be stranded in Kennedy Airport. I mean, after all
there is a Starbucks, Armani, hair salons, and other
fabulous places to shop.
Maven: I would prefer Vegas. Think of the slot machines
and great popcorn.
Blonde: I did feel frustrated for him, though. Being in
the Big Apple and not being able to try a pastrami on
rye, a New York bagel or pizza, a street vendor’s hot
dog, ices, Broadway, Time Square, The Statue of Liberty
and running from muggers!
The Maven: I
don’t believe he would have done any of those things at
all. Remember the can of peanuts?
Blonde: There was a can of peanuts? Did I miss
Maven: Only the whole point to Viktor’s visit to New
York! Don’t hesitate to see The Terminal; it’s quite
enjoyable and engrossing. Although the ball was dropped
on the romantic subplot, the film was still excellent.
Blonde: Hey, most of us had balls dropping on our
Maven: I rate this film an A. It’s good to feel so
positive about life when you leave a movie theatre.
Blonde: Flight number 9435 takes Viktor Navorski on a
life changing experience. When you find out his reason
for even going to New York, it will melt your heart even
more. The Terminal illustrates many of life’s important
lessons, such as the goodness of human nature,
brotherhood, friendships, trust, overcoming evil, unkind
people and the powers of love. I totally recommend this
superb work of art to everyone. It is a feel good summer
movie. You might even want to own this one when it comes
out. I rate The Terminal an A. Loved it! By the way, I
recommend that you skip the snacks and go out for
dessert and coffee and talk about the movie. Have
The Stepford Wives
Different “Step” than the
remake of the 1975 film, we get the opportunity to
revisit the land of Stepford, Connecticut with a whole
new cast and an updated plot. This star-studded cast
includes Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge, The Hours),
Matthew Broderick (Glory, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off),
Bette Midler (Beaches, The Rose), Glenn Close (Fatal
Attraction), and Christopher Walken (Deerhunter). We
won’t tell you too much, only that the men of Stepford
have a secret!
Blonde: Most men do! This movie was like The
Stepford Wives, meets The Six Million Dollar Man, meets
my very own husband number two. I have to say that I
really enjoyed Nicole Kidman’s performance. She is
always outstanding, but she had the chance to show so
many colors in this film. More importantly, does she not
have the most amazing body? Her arm is as long as my
whole leg. She says she never works out and eats
anything she wants to. I just hate her!
Maven: Only you can see this movie and get caught up in
Nicole’s arms. As you know Blonde, I balked at seeing
this movie. In order to stop your annoying nagging, I
decided to give it a shot. Imagine my delight to find
myself enjoying this version much more than the 1975
The Blonde: Okay, I was right! But
what did you think about Nicole’s arms?
Maven: I don’t care about her arms…can I finish?
Originally, Ira Levin’s novel satirized the male’s
reaction to feminism by showing their desire for tame
women who do as they’re told and never
Blonde: Than “they” would have to be
The Maven: Touché! In 1972,
feminism was still relatively new and the original movie
had a more suspenseful tilt to it.
Blonde: I hear people your age burned your bras in
Maven: That was the ‘60s, and that was my sister’s bra.
In 2004, while not changing the novel too much, director
Frank Oz (In and Out) and writer Paul Rudnick chose a
more comedic tilt—a wise decision, as now you can focus
on the acting and Rudnick’s screenplay, which has some
very good zingers.
Blonde: I too liked the fact that, this time
around, the storyline was more comedic than dark. I also
feel that people who did not see the first movie won’t
like this one because they won’t understand the spoof of
it all. Those of us who did see the old version, I
think, will enjoy it more. Furthermore, I don’t want to
be mean because I feel he is a marvelous actor, but I
didn’t think Matthew Broderick was right for this role.
He had no chemistry or the correct on-screen appearance
to be paired with Nicole. I did, however, adore Bette
and Roger Bart as the two co-conspirators. I thought
they were perfect and hilarious. I also liked the way
this film made fun of reality television shows. I
personally am getting a bit tired of them. My life is
reality enough for me.
Maven: Watch it! I like reality television. I
didn’t think there was enough screen time for
Christopher Walken, though. Oz focused too much time on
Blonde: Oh, you just think he’s sexy. Are you just
jealous about Nicole’s arms?
Maven: You got me. In closing, I had fun with this movie
and give it a C+.
Blonde: I enjoyed this movie at a B rating but give the
film a C. Eat some candy that gets stuck in your teeth
to keep you busy between the laughs. Ladies, let this be
a warning. Don’t let Stepford happen to
1. Glenn Close as Claire
Wellington, Nicole Kidman as Joanna Eberhart, Bette
Midler as Bobbie Markowitz and Lisa Masters as Carol
Wainwright in The Stepford Wives
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