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This is not the movie I expected it would be with such a cast. The Great Buck Howard is far from great, in fact t's awful.
Slightly entertaining tale is mainly watchable for Malkovich's smooth performance.
What a lovely film, mostly due to the Great Malkovich
Wonderfully acted by an excellent cast, this oddball comedy is only compromised by its rather meandering screenplay (by director Sean McGinley). Colin Hanks - whose dad plays his screen dad - narrates how he gave up law school to work for has been mentalist Buck Howard (John Malkovich, brilliant). Emily Blunt, Griffin Dunne and others bolster the simple story, but it's Malkovich's show.
John Malkovich gives a terrific performance as a waning illusion artist who always gives more than the audience asks for even more elevated by the under-par showing of Colin Hanks. There is a cameo by Tom Hanks as Colin Hanks reel father and involves in an exchange with his son, though the junior has similar looks and mannerisms Tom shows why he is what he is in that short span.
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.
Understated humor mixed with authentic emotion makes for a whimsical viewing experience.
Having watched the Amazing Kresgin on Johnny Carson. I found this movie very entertains and well acted.
John Malkovich+Colin Hanks+Emily Blunt+Steve Zahn+Tom Hanks = pa sto sakate poveke od ova :)
Not as great as the titular character ... maybe because the film doesn't parallel his story arch.
* Film is incredibly slow
* 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