A Man Called Otto (2023) Movie: Soothing & Heart-Warming

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A Man Called Otto is a soothing and heartwarming film that tugs at the hearts. Tom Hanks plays the lead role of Otto in this movie and that adds depth to this heart-touching story.

Its story is based on the novel titled ‘A Man Called Ove‘ penned by the writer Fredrik Backman originally in Swedish in 2012 and its English version was published in 2013. Then a couple of years later, a Swedish movie ‘A Man Called Ove‘ (En Man Som Heter Ove) based on the said Swedish novel was released in 2015. So, let us start with a short introduction to this Hollywood film and then read the other relevant information about the same.

Synopsis [official summary] of the A Man Called Otto (2023) Movie

Based on the comical and moving New York Times bestseller, it tells the story of Otto Anderson (Tom Hanks), a grumpy widower whose only joy comes from criticizing and judging his exasperated neighbours. When a lively young family moves in next door, he meets his match in quick-witted and very pregnant Marisol (Mariana Trevino), leading to an unexpected friendship that will turn his world upside-down.

Spoilers Free Review of the A Man Called Otto (2023) Movie

So, what is this dramedy all about?

In this film, Tom Hanks plays the character of a heartbroken and grief-stricken widower Otto Anderson. After his retirement and the baggage of personal loss, he is always angry and ready to pick up fights with almost everyone who comes into contact with him. His sad and unhappy demeanour has led him to lead a lonely life in a cold corner of an urban set-up.

But, just when he was ready to give up on life, he came across a young and bubbly pregnant mother Marisol (Mariana Treviño), who along with her husband and kids moved into his neighbourhood. An unlikely friendship developed between Anderson and Marisol. Their mutual love and respect for each other was like a ray of sunshine on a cold winter morning.

With her infectious energy and enthusiasm, Marisol brought some kind of happiness to his life. Thereby, she melted away the loneliness in the life of Anderson.

What did we like in this dramedy?

For all of us, it is an invigorating and refreshing human tale. In the end, this movie touched our hearts. It made us emotional – happy as well as sad. And some of us even shed a few drops of tears, while watching it. Well, as usual, Tom Hanks (as the protagonist) has been phenomenal. So, it came as no surprise that he has once again done an amazing acting job.

Bonus Info.:- In 2016, the original film - 'A Man Called Ove' (Swedish name ~ En man som heter Ove) was the highest-grossing foreign film in the United States. In fact, the said Swedish film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Oscar), including the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year. 

The surprise package was the Mariana Trevino, he has done a great job as Marisol. The ensemble cast consists of Mack Bayda (Malcolm), Juanita Jennings (Anita), Cameron Britton (Jimmy), Rachel Keller (Sonya) et al. Its entire ensemble cast has done a commendable job in this movie.

Rita Wilson co-wrote the theme song “Til You’re Home” in this movie. In fact, Rita is the producer of this film and Tom Hanks’ wife. In addition, two singers Colombian Sebastián Yatra and Rita Wilson have sung the “Til You’re Home” song. We loved the heartwarming theme song “Til You’re Home” of this film.

The conclusion

This Tom Hanks movie is one of the Top Ten Hollywood Movies Of The Year 2023. No doubt, along with us, many of the moviegoers have loved this comedy drama.

Ratings of the Tom Hanks’ 2023 dramedy movie

FM’s rating4.05/5
IMDb rating as of the date 7.50/10
Rotten Tomatoes ratings as of the date69% Tomatometer & 97% Audience Score
Critics Consensus / Rotten TomatoesCheck all cynicism at the door and allow this film to tug at your heartstrings with its tried-and-true tune — it just might sing.
Audience Says / Rotten TomatoesWith a perfect Tom Hanks in the lead, this film is almost guaranteed to make you laugh and cry.
A Man Called Otto (2023) Movie – FM, IMDb & Rotten Tomatoes ratings

Poster of the Tom Hanks’ 2023 dramedy movie

A Man Called Otto (2023) Film Poster

Key details of the Tom Hanks’ 2023 dramedy movie

GenreComedy, Drama
Age-restrictions UA (13+)
Original languageEnglish (USA) {a lit bit of Spanish too}
Film Length2 hours 6 minutes
DirectorMarc Forster
WriterDavid Magee
ReleasedJanuary/February 2023
CastTom Hanks (Otto Anderson), Mariana Treviño (Marisol), Mack Bayda (Malcolm), Juanita Jennings (Anita), Cameron Britton (Jimmy), Rachel Keller (Sonya) etc.
TaglinesFall in love with the grumpiest man in America.
About – A Man Called Otto (2023) Movie.

Trailer of the Tom Hanks’ 2023 dramedy movie

Official Trailer – A Man Called Otto (2023) Movie – Sony Pic. | YouTube.

Featured Image & Poster of the A Man Called Otto (2023) Film | Netflix & Sony Pictures.

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