The Great Buck Howard Reviews
Buck Howard (John Malkovich) is an illusion artist in decline and recruits a college dropout Troy Gable (Colin Hanks) as his road manager. Troy, though apprehensive about his new job and against the whim and wishes of his father (Tom Hanks) starts to tread the waters and soon gets drawn towards Buck all the while dealing with his eccentric and wild mannerisms. In the process he meets Valerie (Emily Blunt) and falls for her.
John Malkovich is not everyone's cup of tea and needs some time and exposure to get used to him. Once you do, he can be terrific. The screenplay is another star where Buck's life is carefully presented in pieces so an audience can make an informed judgment about what he does when he does. Colin Hanks though fits the role as an apprehensive young man dealing with an eccentric Buck, he doesn't push his dialogues and body language with confidence it needs in some sequences where he comes off as a little weak link to the narrative. Emily Blunt looks lovely and acts the same as she always does. Have I mentioned this before? She has done almost the same character in all her movies and damn I can't get enough. With a short runtime and that plays along with a nice soundtrack, it is a must watch for Malkovich's fans.
John Malkovich makes Buck Howard greater than he said himself to be.
* Improves upon Emily Blunts arrival, but still not a lot to grip the audience.
* John Malkovich doesnt seem at his best here, but still provides an adequate performance as the lead character
Colin Hank definitely inherited his dads acting abilities. He is very convincing in his role of a confused, yet eager young man that want to define himself on his own. Tom Hanks plays his father in a non menacing, pushing, yet loving and protecting way.
There are some movies that don't have anything particularly special to them, yet they are special for being honest in the way they handle the story. This is one of them.