First Glance: “A Man Called Otto”

I loved the 2015 Swedish dramedy “A Man Called Ove”, and I remember thinking then that an American remake was all but guaranteed. It actually took longer than I expected to get here, but now we have “A Man Called Otto” from director Marc Forster. And playing the titular curmudgeon is none other than Tom Hanks. I’m always a believer in Hanks, but this felt like an odd role for him. Then I saw the new trailer. In typical Hanks fashion, he falls right into the character and I’m looking forward to seeing where he takes it.

Storywise, Otto is in a bad way. His wife has died, and he was forced out of a job he loved. So he’s decided to end his life. But every attempt is accidentally thwarted by his sweet and lively new neighbors. Soon this single mother, two young daughters, and one persistent gray cat help Otto see that he has more to live for. The original film was dark yet funny. I’m not sure how far this version will go, but the trailer looks really promising.

“A Man Called Otto” opens in theaters January 13th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

14 thoughts on “First Glance: “A Man Called Otto”

  1. I think I’d rather see the original first as I’m not sure about this as I think Marc Forster has been inconsistent as a filmmaker as it looks like it will be another by-the-numbers film.

  2. I saw the original also. Also read the book by Fred Backman (sp?) who has written a lot of good books. Despite American remakes of excellent foreign films, which I usually refuse to watch, this one looks pretty good. I like them using Traveling Willburies music for the trailer.

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