‘A Hologram For The King’ (2016, 12A)

The latest film to hit theatres, is ‘A Hologram or The King’ fit for royalty or does it leave us not amused?

A failing businessman, Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) is sent to Saudi Arabia to sell the King of the country a new communications technology that uses holograms. But, when he arrives, his life takes a turn and he meets a female doctor named Zara (Sarita Choudhury) and everything changes for him.

It may be love of action-films as oppose to slow drams, but I didn’t really see the appeal of ‘A Hologram For The King’. I’m sure many people will find this movie great, but personally I wasn’t that amazed. There were some comedic moments that came in the form of Yousef (played by Alexander Black), a driver Clay inevitably ends up calling as he misses his shuttle to work. However, these weren’t in abundance and we didn’t see as much of the character as I would’ve hoped, leaving me slightly disappointed.

As to be expected, Hanks’ portrayal of the character of Clay was excellent, as with all the casts’ performances. However, although their acting was good, the parts the cast played weren’t so. For me, the film lacked something, something that would make it better. As I’ve said before I’m not a big fan of the genre and that may be why I didn’t enjoy ‘A Hologram’ as much as I’d hoped, or it may be the fact that at some parts in the movie I had no idea what was going on.

There were some odd, split second flashbacks scattered here-and-there through the story which make no sense at the beginning but are supposedly explained by the end. At the beginning there’s this odd, out-of-place scene which is included in the trailer and has very little link to the main plot. It’s this which left me puzzled and wanting a slightly more concise explanation to what was going on in the movie.

Overall, ‘A Hologram For The King’ is a very different film with a few comedic moments and scenes and excellent acting from the entire cast. However, some confusing plot points and – in my opinion – a boring plot means I’ll have to give it six-out-of-ten.



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