Flash Movie Review: A Hologram for the King

It seems to me to be a vulnerable position, where what you think does not matter much. One has to be quick on their feet and be able to respond to any query. The bottom line is you have something that you want someone else to buy from you. A career in sales takes a certain personality; I briefly tried and was not successful. I feel one not only has to sell their products but sell themselves to an individual. The thing that bugged me about this scenario was the person you are pitching may be making their decision on the most random of things. They may not like the way you dress or the way you look or even the way you talk; it can be based on such a biased opinion that has nothing to do with your products. I could not handle that type of environment, plus my brutal honesty did not sit well with customers. Isn’t it interesting that what I just wrote could easily be applied to dating? Think about it, aren’t people trying to sell (so to speak) themselves to other people? When two people meet with the intention to date, each one is going to try to accentuate their positive attributes. It is like a sales pitch. I knew someone who literally had a checklist of requirements that potential dates had to meet before they would agree to go out with them. I tried explaining to them that it works both ways; they needed to present themselves in the best light if they hoped their possible date would take an interest in them. Whether it is personal or business I find sales meetings to be stressful; that is why I could relate to the main character in this drama.   DESPERATE to land a sale Alan, played by Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies, Captain Phillips), agreed to fly to Saudi Arabia to pitch his product to the monarchy. Alan would quickly realize selling to a monarchy was different than selling to a company. Based on the novel this movie also starred newcomer Alexander Black as Yousef and Sarita Choudhury (The Hunger Games franchise, Lady in the Water) as Zahra. I thought the acting was good though I felt Tom’s role had a familiar ring to it. He still did a fine performance but it did not seem as fresh to me. The idea behind this story was intriguing; however, the dual story lines hindered the telling of it. Separately I enjoyed each story but I never felt I was getting the whole tale. Now visually the film had a lot to offer just because the territory was foreign to me. I also was fascinated with the culture clash in this picture. As the film neared the end I felt things were rushed to tidy up the story. This film had some good selling points; I only wished it had sold me on its entertainment value.

 

2 ½ stars

 

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on April 26, 2016, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I just heard Tom Hanks live on NPR today! WoW! Love him even more as he’s progressing through these amazing movies at Playtone & elsewhere! Thnx for this great review & sharing 😉 Bless. Lis

  2. It promises to be quite well

  3. I loved the book Hologram for the King, But I only saw the trailer for the movie and thought it was going to completely miss the main theme of the book which was the impact of technology and the outsourcing economy on our sense of self worth.

    • Ken thank you so much for mentioning the book and your take on it. The points you made were not at the forefront in the script as far as I could tell. If by chance you do see this film I would enjoy hearing your take on it. Thanks again.

  4. Thanks for this film review. Tom Hanks is one of my favorite big screen stars… I’ve always been amazed by the depth of his acting versatility… he so convincingly portrayed both Jim Lovell and Forrest Gump. PS ~ I’ll be following your blog. btw… thanks, too, for liking my “LOL” post a few days ago.

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