The Man with One Red Shoe Reviews
There's a lot of potential in the core concept of a man being stalked by the CIA for no reason whatsoever but for some reason all of the jokes (and there are some very well conceived jokes) fall slightly flat.
This is based on a French farce, but the American version is oddly subdued and dark, despite a game and talented cast. Hanks himself is likable as a clueless everyman, but the film doesn't work and a lot of that has to do with the fact that his character spends the entire movie save for the last few minutes in the dark. Maybe if he had been clued in earlier to all of the danger around him, this could have become the madcap spoof it so desperately wants to be.
The entire tone is just so dull and leaden that by the time the bodies start to pile up at the end, it doesn't seem so out of place. I think by that time, everyone has already forgotten that this was meant to be a comedy. It's so misguided that Hanks is almost playing straight man to co-star Jim Belushi, who seems to be the only cast member trying to keep this mess afloat. He's not successful.
The story might have worked as a vehicle for Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase with Jon Landis at the helm a la "Spies Like Us", but as it stands now, "The Man With One Red Shoe" is a forgotten footnote in cinematic history. Hanks would go on to bigger and better things, and his fans would come to expect more from him. He was merely testing the waters with this mediocre mess.