"It was like... magic."
Remembering Tom Hanks' career, my first memories of him was him being a lead in comedies and romantic films.'Big', 'Dragnet', 'Turner and Hooch' etc. Good films but nothing special anyways. 1993 was the year when everything changed... 'Sleepless in Seattle' came out but I'm not saying that this film changed it all. It was another '93 film called 'Philadelphia' that would win him his first Oscar. But that's another review...
So, focusing on 'Sleepless in Seattle' now. First of all, I'm not a big fan of romantic comedies, or romantic films. They seem to be predictable with some exceptions. 'Sleepless in Seattle' is not one of the later ones but manages to be somewhat different from the masses.
The story of the film is kinda beautiful but it's hard to believe that this would actually happen in real life. Two persons, never talked to each other, never spent time with each other, just happen to fall in love before even saying a proper "hello". Yes, I know... Movie magic. And it actually functions well!
'Sleepless in Seattle' has several good moments but some minor things caused me to dislike the film a bit. For instance, Meg Ryan's characters actions in her relationship, Tom Hanks' characters kid... Not fittin here properly. Bad acting maybe?
The supporting cast does a really good job here. Rob Reiner, Rosie O'Donnell and Bill Pullman. Their characters happen to be a lot more interesting then the leads and bring some depth to the movie.
'Sleepless in Seattle' is in the end one of the better films in the romantic (comedies) movie genre. But no other romantic film has come even close to the best of 'em all... 'Love Actually'. But I do know that there IS something very special with the final scene. The top of the Empire State building, a dark star lit sky, NY city lights, the touch of a beautiful woman. There is something magical with the place...