Starring: Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Bill Paxton, Ed Harris, Kathleen Quinlan, Xander Berkeley, Clint Howard, Loren Dean, Brett Cullen
Directed By: Ron Howard
It’s been probably 15 years since the last time I saw Apollo 13. It felt like I was watching it all over again. Ron Howard really crafted an epic film that celebrates the triumph of not just the human spirit, but of what it means to be human. It’s about the greatness we used to aspire to, and how we all worked as one to achieve that greatness. Apollo 13 is nothing if its not about team spirit, and how a group of people worked to achieve a goal.
Tom Hanks has delivered so many great performances in the past that its hard to say that this is his best performance, but it’s still a damn fine one. Sure, he doesn’t get to scream at a volleyball, or die on screen a horrible death, but he does get to show a different side of himself. He’s a strong leader, and he’s fearless even in the toughest situations. Kevin Bacon is great, and this was probably his career best in 1995. Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, and Kathleen Quinlan all offer stellar supporting performances.
This is one film I wish I had on Blu Ray instead of DVD. I could have used just a little bit better graphics than my DVD was allowing me to have on my HD screen. I don’t always notice the difference in picture quality, but I did with Apollo 13 (even though I had a restored, 10th Anniversary IMAX edition DVD to watch from).
It’s a classic film. If you haven’t seen it, you have to see it. There’s no other way to say it. This is one of those movies that you just need to see.
FINAL GRADE: A