Capsule Review: "Cast Away"

by Eric Melin on December 22, 2001

in Print Reviews

I really didn’t want to see this movie. (I don’t want to see “Chocolat” either, and since Miramax paid off the Academy, it’s now nominated for Best Picture. Which means I have to go. Don’t ask. It’s just a movie geek thing.)

Anyway, I knew what was going to happen in “Cast Away.” Who didn’t? Although, that whole “three years later” thing was a big cop-out. And why do they have to give away the ending of movies in every damned preview these days? Jackass!

Anyway again, guess what? I still liked it. It wasn’t nearly as cheesy as I thought it was gonna be, and ol’ Tom Hanks (bound for a record third Best Actor win) was fantastic. The idea was intriguing as well. What would you do for four years stranded on an island? Me? I wouldn’t last two weeks without my favorite records. Director Robert Zemeckis has staged a crazy-good plane wreck scene, and keeps the mostly dialogue-free middle section of “Cast Away” moving pretty well. The end is a bit heavy-handed, but not nearly the lactose heaviness I was expecting.

Anyway, I feel like sending something in the mail, but I need it to get there quick. I wonder what company could do that for me?

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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