That night PBS ran SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, a film I saw in the theatre when it came out in—ready?—1993. Well-known author Nora Ephron co-wrote the script and directed the movie. At the time I thought the film was a little sappy, but I enjoyed it. Last Saturday I enjoyed it all over again—admitted that it was still sappy—but was impressed by how much I enjoyed the performances. Meg Ryan is always delightful, and Tom Hanks, well, he’s still a star entertainer. He stirs me because he excels in portraying raw emotions: fear, angst, disappointment, frustration, hope, love! I trust him as a performer because I’m confident he’ll take me somewhere new and that I’ll want to be with him along the way.
So if you’re looking for weekend entertainment (and not a routine blockbuster), try the new Tom Hanks’ movie. Perhaps it will be time for me to revisit some work of Meg Ryan….