The Accidental Tourist (1988)


Starring: William Hurt, Geena Davis, Kathleen Turner, Bill Pullman, Amy Wright

Director: Lawrence Kasdan

Summary: An emotionally distant writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after his son is killed and his marriage crumbles

Other Nominations: Supporting Actress (Davis)*, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score

A very low-energy movie, although its themes about how you can organize and plan everything to precision, but it will either lead you into a rut, being unable to deal with unpredictability in life and also unable to see the forest for the trees are well-executed although the whole presentation feels tedious at time. Hurt exhibits the same level of passion for most of this film as he does in Lost in Space (, except this time it’s intentional. However, I would say at times he looked more sleepy than depressed and this was the weakest of his streak of Best Picture nominee performances. Davis is the lead actress and shouldn’t have been nominated for lead; that is, if she were to be nominated at all, which I don’t think she should have. Davis didn’t get nominated for a Golden Globe, nor for any other awards, yet won here. After watching the other movies, I probably would have given to Frances McDormand for a film we’ll look at later. The big highlight for me is the score (from John Williams in an unusual assignment), which has a richness and depth that’s lacking in most romance-oriented dramas. Skippable, especially because of the first half which didn’t do a lot for me.

Rating: C


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