The Terminal (2004)
My wildcard. There’s just a purity and honesty about The Terminal, one of Spielberg’s pictures in the 2000’s (probably his most underwhelming decade as a director), which shines through a divisive piece of work. Tom Hanks may not have been perfect casting as the Eastern European everyman who ends up living inside a New York airport terminal when his country’s government collapses, but he puts in one of those committed, lovely performances few can do as well as Hanks. Shot a little like a modern fable, with a sweet message and some engaging performances, this has real heart and for me is one of Spielberg’s warmest films in recent years.
See it if you’ve avoided it, it’s worth it.
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