Joe Versus The Volcano
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Tom Hanks stars as Joe, a squashed bug of a guy under the heel of ahideous corporation, working in an awful office with bad air, bad lightand lousy coffee...Then everything changes in this romantic comedy aboutcourage and a man's soul ... of a man coming back to life on a journeythat takes him halfway around the world. To the edge of great delight.To the brink of an exploding volcano.]]>
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However after watching it again during my high school years, I remember picking out dozens of metaphorical and symbolic items from the plot. Every evil or destructive force in Joe's life is symbolized by the company logo that the film features at the beginning, right down to the lightning bolt featured prominently later in the film. The fact that every woman important to Joe is the same girl, the lovely Meg Ryan, carries the theme of recurrence quite well.
To sum it up, Joe is an individual who has died, if not in reality, in spirit, stuck in a dead-end job after personal crises drove him to hypochondria. He discovers he is terminally ill, then is confronted by an eccentric millionare who wants Joe to sacrifice himself to a volcano on a small polynesian island to secure mining rights for his superconductor company. Joe proceeds to go on an endless stream of discovery, realizing that while he may be dying, he was never more alive. The recurring themes in this movie, such as the jagged line logo, Meg Ryan's appearance, his luggage, and the bizarre but likeable characters he's confronted with throughout make this movie seem more like a vision quest for Joe than the last few weeks of his life.
The plot is simple, but hides deeper meanings and morals, like any great fairy tale. This is possibly the best movie I have ever seen, and very worthy of purchase.
Now if they'd just put it on DVD.
Still, I think you should see it. Think of it this way - it's like an easy personality test. Instead of answering twenty questions to find out whether you're a Type A personality or a Type B personality, you can just watch JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO. Right away, you'll know if you are a pro-Joe or an anti-Joe. I figure you can't lose either way.
If you're an anti-Joe, you'll be in the clear majority. You and all the other anti-Joes can get together and roll your eyes about this ridiculous movie with its lame orange-soda jokes and stupid plastic sharks. At the worst, you'll be able to say you saw Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in the movie before they got the chemistry "right" in SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE.
On the other hand, the gods might smile upon you and you might find yourself among the small but happy band of pro-Joes. It's like being in a secret society! When you find one of those precious few pro-Joes, you can mutually bask in the glow of having enjoyed this amazing fable of spiritual awakening. You can argue with one another about whether the best part of the movie is the opening sequence of Joe's really lousy job; or his diagnosis with a brain cloud; or Lloyd Bridges' over-the-top performance as Mr. Graynamore (Gray No More, get it?Read more ›
Meg Ryan - whom I normally cannot tolerate - here is charming in three different roles.
The great Ossie Davis has a small role as a chauffeur, and, charmer that he is, nearly walks off with the entire movie.
A delightful sleeper that passed under most people's raider. Worth a second look.
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Love this movie. I've watched it over and over and will continue to do so.Published 6 days ago by Beth Willis
When asked to describe this movie, my husband always says it's "silly, but profound." And it is. Both. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Pam Jarnagin
What's not to like? Tom Hanks does a wonderful deadpan performance, and we get Meg Ryan in 3 forms. You have to work to get a DVD of Joe, but if you love the movie, it's worth the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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