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

A Man Called Otto is a soothing and heartwarming film that tugs at the hearts. This movie is based on the novel (and a Swedish movie) – A Man Called Ove penned by the Swedish writer Fredrik Backman.

The presence of Tom Hanks in the lead role is an added bonus to this heart-touching story. So, let us start with a short introduction to this film and then read the other relevant information about the same.

A Man Called Otto (USA/2023) Film:- details

GenreComedy, Drama
Age-restrictions UA (13+)
Original LanguageEnglish
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

A Man Called Otto (USA/2023) Film:- synopsis

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.

A Man Called Otto (USA/2023) Film:- {Spoilers Free} review

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 and melted away the loneliness in the life of Anderson.

It is an invigorating and refreshing human tale. In the end, this movie touched my heart. It made me emotional – happy as well as sad and I 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. 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. They too have done a commendable job in this movie.

Not to forget the heart-touching theme song “Til You’re Home” of this film, which I loved. This movie is one of the Top Ten Hollywood Movies Of The Year 2023.

Focus:- bonus info. about this movie

This film is based on A Man Called Ove (its original name ~ En man som heter Ove) – a novel by Fredrik Backman, which was also made into a Swedish Film with the same title. In 2016, the original Swedish film – “A Man Called Ove” was the highest-grossing foreign film in the United States. In fact, the said film was nominated for two Academy Awards, including the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year.

Rita Wilson (she is the producer of this film and Tom Hanks’ wife) co-wrote the theme song “Til You’re Home” in this movie. Besides, Colombian singer Sebastián Yatra and Rita Wilson sang the “Til You’re Home” song.

A Man Called Otto (USA/2023) Film:- poster

A Man Called Otto (2023) Film Poster

A Man Called Otto (USA/2023) Film:- ratings

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 – FM, IMDb & Rotten Tomatoes ratings

A Man Called Otto (USA/2023) Film:- trailer

A Man Called Otto – Official Trailer | Youtube.

Featured & other images from the A Man Called Otto (2023) Film | Netflix & Sony Pictures.