A Man Called Otto Review: Tom Hanks Shines as a Grumpy Old Dude

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Greetings, friends! I’m back to give you my take on the first movie I’ve seen in some time (I generally tend to indulge in low-quality reality TV). Netflix’s “A Man Called Otto” has been generating a lot of buzz lately, so I made the decision to check it out and to my pleasant surprise, I found myself able to sit through the entire film and even found it enjoyable! Without further ado, let’s get right into my review.

A Man Called Otto

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)


With a stellar cast and a narrative that strikes a perfect balance between poignant drama and genuine moments of levity, “A Man Called Otto” is a touching and heartwarming film that skillfully explores themes of loss, hope, and the transformative power of friendship under the direction of Marc Forster.

Tom Hanks portrays Otto, a melancholic and irritable individual who has lost all interest in life after the death of his cherished wife, in the film’s central theme. Hanks’ acting is spellbinding, as he effortlessly depicts the character’s emotional complexity and the heaviness of his mourning. Hanks skillfully captures Otto’s internal struggle, allowing viewers to connect with his odyssey on a personal level.

Otto’s life undergoes an unforeseen transformation when a lively and sharp-witted young family settles nearby. Mariana Treviño‘s portrayal of Marisol, a dynamic and enthusiastic woman, illuminates Otto’s otherwise bleak existence. The on-screen rapport between Hanks and Treviño is tangible, lending credibility and complexity to their evolving bond.



  • Tom Hanks as Otto
  • Mariana Treviño as Marisol
  • Rachel Keller as Sonya
  • John Higgins as Hardware Store Clerk
  • Tony Bingham as Hardware Store Customer
  • Lily Kozub as Hardware Store Taylor
  • Mack Bayda as Malcolm
  • Cameron Britton as Jimmy
  • Juanita Jennings as Anita
  • Peter Lawson Jones as Reuben

Cast listing via: IMDB

Captivating Storyline

Crafted by Fredrik Backman, Hannes Holm, and David Magee, the screenplay presents a captivating story that delves into the intricate nature of human emotions. Through Otto’s voyage of self-discovery, the film offers a profound exploration of the contradictory feelings of grief, despair, and newfound optimism. The dialogue is masterfully crafted, blending moments of deep introspection with cleverly timed humor.

“A Man Called Otto” ultimately reminds audiences of the profound impact human connections can have in even the darkest of times. It’s a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the healing power of friendship. While the film occasionally treads familiar territory in terms of its overarching themes, the superb performances, engaging script, and emotional resonance make it a worthwhile cinematic experience.

Wrapping Up

In conclusion, “A Man Called Otto” is a touching and thought-provoking film that leaves a lasting impression. Tom Hanks delivers a captivating performance, supported by a talented cast and a well-crafted narrative. It serves as a reminder that even in the face of despair, unexpected friendships and moments of genuine connection can bring about transformative change.

Have you seen this one yet? I’d love to know what you thought of it, so drop me a line in the comments!

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