So what does the trailer tell us?
The trailer tells us a variety of different things – it is about a boy called Homer who wants to become the best bicycle telegraph messenger in his town to provide for his family. His brother has left to serve in WW2 and you can feel that era through the trailer – the setting, the scenery, the way people dress. It looks very American-war like.
The trailer provides the feeling that this film will be a slow burner up until its climax, which may not be necessarily a bad thing because it will provide more room for effective dialogue. The film is actually based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan’s 1943 novel The Human Comedy. As the trailer progresses it is obvious that Homer has to grapple with some type of message that he will struggle to deliver. As for the content of the letter, we will have to wait until film release as the trailers tactically keep that information away from the viewer.
The trailer provides a few glimpses of Tom Hanks. He never gets boring, does he? He only shows a couple of times in the trailer so perhaps his role is not the most important. I wouldn’t say the trailer is gripping but maybe the follow-up trailers will tease us some more.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Sam Shepard
Director: Meg Ryan
Excitement rating: 2 stars out of 5
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