A Man Called Otto

A Man Called Otto

Otto is a grump who's given up on life following the loss of his wife and wants to end it all. When a young family moves in nearby, he meets his match in quick-witted Marisol, leading to a friendship that will turn his world around.

  • Released: 2022-12-25
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Stars: Tom Hanks, Rachel Keller, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Cameron Britton, Mike Birbiglia, Elle Chapman, Truman Hanks, John Higgins, Tony Bingham, Lily Kozub, Mack Bayda, Juanita Jennings, Peter Lawson Jones, Peter Sipla, Carl Clemons, Kristy Nolen, Dominick Marrone, Cindy Jackson, Christiana Montoya, Alessandra Perez
  • Director: Marc Forster
  • rpratton - 13 January 2023
    Must see
    Excellent film, all around. Well directed, wonderful performances, and a beautiful story. I wish more films like this were made. Nothing against Marvel films, but simple character driven stories like this are time tested and will hopefully come back to the appetite of the studios. Tom Hanks is exceptional, and his supporting cast is outstanding. It's funny, heartbreaking, and inspiring. Movies are made to be enjoyed in the theatre, it's a communal experience. The ease and convenience of streaming has replaced something more than nostalgia. Going to the movies should be everyone, and every genre. Please go see this film!
  • ethanbresnett - 11 January 2023
    Make sure you have some tissues handy
    This film completely blindsided me truth be told. Based on the trailer I thought it would be much more comedic and chipper, but god it's so emotional. Prepare for an emotional journey!

    The story follows the curmudgeonly Otto, who seems to have nothing but negativity to offer the world. However when a new family moves in across the street, he finds himself questioning his current life outlook and wondering if there is more to life.

    It's a simple enough premise that is played out so well. The use of flashbacks to Otto's younger days flesh out the story and ramp up the emotional stakes. The pacing is spot on building towards such a punchy end. The collection of characters are brilliant, and performed to perfection by the cast.

    A particular mention needs to go to Mariana Trevino who nearly steals the show. She brings so much comedy and emotion to her role and it is such a treat. But really this film is about Hanks. The layers he brings to his performance, the emotions he elicits from the audience, the effortless comedy, it really is a masterclass.

    This really is just a wonderful film. It will build you up and tear you down and make you feel every emotion under the sun. A real treat.