Based on the comical and moving New York Times bestseller, A Man Called Otto tells the story of Otto Anderson (Tom Hanks), a man who, after his wife dies, is also forced to retire from his job of nearly 40 years. Otto is grumpy, and his only joy comes from criticising and judging his exasperated neighbours. Sixty-year-old Otto Anderson decides to end his life, but his attempts are constantly interrupted by his boisterous new neighbours, including a quick-witted and very pregnant Marisol, which leads to an unlikely friendship that will turn his world upside-down as they challenge him to see the brighter side of things.
This story is based on best-selling Swedish author Fredrik Backman’s 2012 novel, A Man Called Ove with the name changed to Otto for the film as a way to reflect its American setting.
Will he go through with it? I have to say I am a bit of a Hanks fan, so I am looking forward to what this film will bring – if anyone out there knows how to draw a tear, it’s Mr Hanks.