Tom Hanks Project – “Every Time We Say Goodbye” Review

31 Dec

everytimeWe get our first true Hanks romance this week. We’ve had a number of romantic comedies, but this is a stripped down traditional “romance” with less than 10 laughs each. There was nothign to cover our eyes or cry about, but we enjoyed it. Every Time We Say Goodbye is an effective love story that kept us invested and rooting for soldier Tom and his forbidden lover all the way through, even if it was predictable and singularly focused. Sweet and forgettable would be the three-word summary I’d offer for this film, but read on for the BBB.

hankseverytimeHanks plays a soldier in World War II, staying in Jerusalem as he recovers from a leg injury that has him limping … occasionally. And by “occasionally,” we mean the OPENING SCENE is him lying in bed, clearly injured and then hobbling on a cane toward the window…and then after the first 10 minutes of the film, he suddenly doesn’t need his cane anymore* and is all better?! Good for him, I suppose. 

*He whacked a creepy guy with his cane and that seemed to magically cure his limp.

 We’re supposed to believe Hanks is a womanizing marriage-hater* in this film (honestly, 1980s, what were you thinking?! Hanks just does not play as a womanizer to me.) His buddy in the British army (yup, he went and joined the Brits because the US wasn’t in the war yet) ends up meeting a nice Jewish girl and marrying her. Hanks initially tries to convince him not to do this, until moments later when he meets the girl’s cousin and promptly falls in love with her, too.

*Hanks was against his buddy rushing off to marry this girl right away just to get laid, but I’m not comfortable calling him a womanizing marriage-hater.

everytimeThe cousin is slated to marry her OWN cousin* (I can’t even), but she doesn’t love him. Still, she feels it’s the right thing to do for her family, so she plays a kind of yo-yo flirting game with Hanks wherein she spends time with him, then pushes him away, over and over again. When she finally opens up and decides she wants to be with Hanks, her family basically goes berserk, beating up Hanks and locking her away in her room. Hanks is sent off to be stationed somewhere else, but he promises his love he’ll come back to her. At his first chance, he heads back to Jerusalem…even though he’s warned that Sarah (his love) has agreed to marry her cousin. He shows up, tries to see her, she refuses, and then at the last minute she runs to find him, knowing her family will now disown her, and they agree to be together forever. Hanks is back on the road to his new army post, but Sarah promises she’ll wait for him** for as long as it takes. End scene and movie.

*Most of my laughs were at her cousin who wanted to marry her. He was such a creep. He was at least 15 years older than her, didn’t seem to actually know her at all, but insisted he loved her. Did we mention she’s his cousin?

 **It was a really predictable ending. I was even calling out the ending to a T. I said she wouldn’t marry the cousin, but wouldn’t marry Hanks at the end either. It had to end with them saying goodbye, with a promise to return. Hence the title. 

Laugh Out Loud: Caitlin: 9 Zack: 8 The least funny movie we’ve watched, you’re getting a straight forward romance with little to no attempt at humor. This is definitely not meant for The Laffs.

Cry: Both zero. The lovers do get separated and there’s some concern on whether they’ll end up together, but no moments that brought us close to tears. Not even. This was a sweet enough movie that was OK to have on in the background while we chilled on the couch.

Cover Eyes: Both zero. Nothing to be fearful of here. I have a feeling the next time we see Hanks in World War 2, Caitlin will be deep into the double digit eye coverings. Guaranteed. This was far too fluffy of a film to get frightening.


Romantic interest: Caitlin: 8 Zack: 8 Since this movie is entirely a romance, it better be a good one. They had undeniable chemistry and even though her family was against them and he was going back off to war, we pulled for them. The back-and-forth of it all was a bit obnoxious after a certain point, but I agree that we definitely were rooting them on.

Hanks: Caitlin: 7 Zack: 6.7 A solid performance from Tom, but his on/off limp was pretty unconvincing. Still, he made this movie go from something I’d never watch to something I more or less enjoyed. Zack summed it up perfectly. An OK, not great performance.

Movie: Caitlin: 6 Zack: 5.8 It’s an OK flick, I suppose. The strong romance carried it and I was invested in it throughout, but it’s such a one-note movie. It’s a forbidden love story with little to no side plot and a predictable ending and no laughs. I prefer my romances with some comedy mixed in, but this one was good enough for what it was. I’d cautiously recommend it, but I wouldn’t go out of the way to see it. One-note indeed. I wouldn’t recommend this film, and I don’t intend to ever watch it again. It wasn’t bad, simply totally forgettable. On to the next one!

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One Response to “Tom Hanks Project – “Every Time We Say Goodbye” Review”


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