In ‘A Hologram for the King,’ Tom Hanks plays a globalized Willy Loman

Tom Hanks as Alan Clay "A Hologram for the King." (Roadside Attractions)

Tom Hanks as Alan Clay “A Hologram for the King.” (Roadside Attractions)

Ann Hornaday – The Washington Post

Tom Hanks plays a globalized version of Willy Loman in “A Hologram for the King,” Tom Tykwer’s intriguing, if uneven, adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel.

Hanks brings all of his native, optimistic can-doism to his character, Alan Clay, an aging corporate executive working for a communications company in New England. Thanks to a chance encounter years ago with a nephew of the Saudi Arabian king, Alan’s job is to travel to the kingdom to sell the government some interactive holographic conferencing technology. Jet-lagged, frequently hung over and perpetually out of his depth, Alan is true to his name: a man in the process of being formed, in this case by a world that’s changing around him with dizzying uncertainty, beauty and speed.

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