Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A Hologram for the King: Monday, May 9 2016

A Hologram for the King is far from Tom Hanks' best movie. In fact, without him the film would have been a "very silly" film, as Maureen called it. I viewed it as fantasy, and actually quite enjoyed it in that spirit. Fantastic scenery in Morocco where some of it was filmed. Amusing when the Saudis moved in to prepare for the arrival of the King. Magnificent carpets, furniture, staging, all fit for a King. Reminded me of the Arab oil money.

Henrietta saw it as a commentary on the relationship of the United States with the middle east and the rest of the world. A little sad. Alan Clay, the American salesman, is beaten for the deal by the Chinese. The Saudis showed him no respect, gave him the runaround, and made him look a fool. Seems about right! 

A Hologram for the King is based on a book of the same name by Dave Eggers. I gather it is considered quite a profound book by some people. Certainly, the film touches every point we know about Saudi Arabia: the position of women; the public executions; the deviousness of Arabs. We even see Mecca and the Muslims promenading around the Kaaba.

Somehow the film seemed a little shallow, stating the obvious. On the other hand, it was fun. I like Tom Hanks.

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