Sparked by end of year lists – and god knows what else, potentially boredom – people are starting to wonder whether beloved actor Tom Hanks has ever actually been in a good movie.
Yes, he’s been in many classic films – notably romcoms like Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail – but his breakout role was in Forrest Gump, widely considered to be a contemporary classic. But people on Twitter seem to be having a discussion about whether Hanks has actually had a good filmography – or just a prolific one – after an end of year list from Vulture, where Will Leitch and Tom Grierson ranked all of the films that Hanks has ever been in. Some would suggest that Hanks might be a versatile actor, but he does tend to play a version of the same person – well-intentioned, everyman – in every film.
This tweet seemed to be the match that lit the fire – which has continued to rage for several days.
Reading this list, I'm struck by the realization that, for all his amazing talent and versatility, Tom Hanks has ne… https://t.co/8TmMuJVTPP
— Jordan Michael Smith (@Jordan Michael Smith)
Of course, no one’s arguing that every single movie that Hanks has played a role in is flawless – there is, after all, He Knows You’re Alone, Hanks’ film debut which was also a horror movie that knocked off Halloween very obviously. But his star turns in films like A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood – about Mr.Rogers, which came out last year – A League of their Own, and of course, Cast Away – would indicate that he’s a great actor who’s been in several great films.
People disagreed – as they are likely to do on Twitter – to varying degrees.
people hate this tweet, but Jimmy Stewart was great and Tom Hanks is a miserable actor who has never been in a grea… https://t.co/Ced6VLzmZi