Robert Zemeckis has always been there. In addition to having won the Oscar for best director for that wonder entitled ‘Forrest Gump’, the one from Chicago has signed tremendously varied titles and the likes of ‘Contact’, ‘Behind the green heart’, ‘What the truth hides’, ‘The flight (Flight)’ or the ‘Back to the future’ trilogy. Almost nothing.
Comedy, drama, intimacy and spectacularity
However, in the year 2000, celebrating the beginning of the new millennium, the filmmaker, whom we could describe as one of the great craftsmen working in Hollywood today, premiered one of the best titles of his already magnificent filmography. This is none other than ‘Cast Away’, the eternal survival story starring Tom Hanks.
With ‘Náufrago’, Zemeckis once again displayed his already proven ability to narrate in images and handle tones and cadences, molding a entertainment in which intimacy and spectacularity row in the same direction propelled by brilliant staging, Don Burgess’ pristine photography, Alan Silvestri’s soundtrack and, of course, his lead performance.
I have no proof, but no doubt either, that his work as Chuck Noland is among the best of the prolific career of a Tom Hanks whose tour de force was unfairly dismissed at the Oscars to the detriment of Russell Crowe, who won the coveted statuette for his solvent participation in ‘Gladiator’.
‘Náufrago’, shot with an estimated budget of 90 million dollars. premiered at Christmas 2000, and It came to collect a total of 430 million during its journey at the box office, becoming one of the films of the year. Now, more than two decades later, in addition to platforms such as Netflix, Prime video or HBO Max, you can enjoy it in RTVE for free until October 1.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to see it, don’t miss it.
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Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks signed one of the best films of the turn of the century, and you can watch it for free this week