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Plot: When a hypochondriac learns that he is dying, he accepts an offer to throw himself in a volcano at a tropical island, and along the way there, learns to truly live. Runtime: 102 mins Release Date: 08 Mar 1990
Most people didn't "get" this film. But each of us has a different sense of humour and depth. JVTV is a subtle, witty film with morals, not like the bash 'em and blow 'em up Hollywood films of late. Meg Ryan shows her versatility as three separate, wonderfully funny characters and Tom Hanks think of his character in The Money Pit but amusingly depressed as Joe Banks trapped in a dead end job and is told he has a terminal illness. He is offered the chance to "live like a king, die like a man" by jumping into a volcano as part of a business deal where Joe gets <more>
to spend as much money as he likes before the big deed. Along the way Joe meets many characters who awaken him to the fact that life is worth living. This film is loaded with wonderful observations, a great score and songs, and standout performances. JVTV is one of those rare films you can easily watch again and again, and always makes me smile every time I see it.
One of the most overlooked movies ever (by ChrisDickerson)
In complete seriousness, I can say "Joe Versus The Volcano" is one of the best movies ever to come out of Hollywood. Sadly, it's also one of the most overlooked movies ever made. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan both are absolutely fantastic in this movie that really is an allegory about life. The movie has a fantastic script, is directed beautifully and stands up to the test of time. Hanks is at his comedic best as the soul-sick Joe, and Ryan is fantastic in her three roles. Why this movie didn't do better despite a lack of promotion is beyond me. It is one seems like one of those <more>
word-of-mouth movies that just keep getting bigger. I saw it three times in the theater, watched it numerous times on video and purchased the DVD the day it came out. But it's OK, I know a hidden gem when I see it.
Without a doubt one of the greatest movies ever made. (by Sandman138)
I am a very tough critic, and most movies are nothing but incredible disappointments for me. However, Joe vs. the Volcano is a movie that I can honestly say is a cinematic masterpiece. When people call this a romantic comedy, they are committing a great injustice to this film. That is not to say that there is not romantic comedy in the story, but to say that it is the point of the film is monumentally short sighted. The real story in Joe vs. the Volcano is about coming to terms with yourself, finding that spark that we spend our lives searching for. It is about discovering our humanity and <more>
what that entails. Normally, this would end up being pretentious and sophomoric crap, but because the heavy subject matter is taken so lightly, we are treated to a modern fairy tale that runs the gamut in terms of emotional impact. The performances are stellar and to this day I have never enjoyed Tom Hanks more, the direction pays tribute to classic films with cinephillic glee, and the soundtrack is simply superb. 10 out of 10!
...yet this eccentric comedy never quite found its niche with the public, and I don't know why. It's beautifully produced and written, wonderfully acted and endlessly weird how many films can you say that about? . When sad-sack Tom Hanks decides to give up his life for a few days of luxury, we understand because his existence may be a lot like ours: glum office job with lime walls, dirty floors, unpleasant co-workers, bad coffee and fluorescent lights on the fritz. When he's out to sea, floating on his luggage, he sees shapes in the sky at night that light up his face; he may be <more>
in a precarious position, stranded on the ocean, but he's the happiest and most alive he's ever been. What a wonderful moment in a movie chock-full of smart, sneaky laugh lines and throwaway bits of business that stay with one, growing beloved in the memory. Screenwriter John Patrick Shanley, also making his directorial debut, has a fine sense of pacing and a keen eye for the absurd beauty in our midst. Only in the final reel does the construction of the plot stumble, however this is due to film studio interference. ***1/2 from ****
Great talent - but too individual for today's film audience? (by markmatthew)
The work of highly individual artists often prompts extremereactions in moviegoers. Based on the evidence of "Moonstruck"and the woefully underrated "Joe Versus the Volcano," writer/director John Patrick Shanley could have developed into avital film figure on the level of a Frank Capra or Woody Allen, acreator whose personal voice would have given him a distinctiveidentity - potentially his artistic and commercial strength orundoing ."Joe Versus the Volcano" has its occasional shortcomings, but itssheer conceptual audacity set it apart from the film fare of its <more>
day.Now, nearly a decade and a half after its premiere, the quality ofthe dialogue alone reminds us how far our THX-ed out, Dolbyed-out, effects-obsessed movie "culture" has fallen.The plot combines fantasy and satire in equal proportions. Joe Tom Hanks , a seemingly passive man who's worked at adreadful, abusive, dead-end job for years is told he has anincurable disease authoritatively diagnosed by physician RobertStack as a "brain cloud." Joe quits his job and receives an offerthe next morning to go on an all-expenses paid journey to a tinyisland...that will culminate with his leap into a volcano! Meg Ryan portrays three separate characters, and her glee inmasking her "All-American Sweetheart" screen persona ispalpable, particularly in the first segment. Even the occasionalgambits that fall slightly flat for instance, Abe Vigoda's turn as aleader of island natives obsessed with orange soda cannotseriously mar the overall brilliance of Shanley's work.As it turned out, the box-office failure of "Volcano" didn't deterHanks and Ryan from reteaming for the enormously popular butcomparatively colorless "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've GotMail." It's probably no accident that these were far safercommercial bets than "Joe," both owing large debts to earliermovies. On the other hand, John Patrick Stanley has returned to craftingplays for live theater, apparently for good; one hopes his finelytuned ear and immense imagination will flourish in an environment that's largely removed from the demographicpanderings of Wal-Mart Nation. His gain is our loss. Earlier, I mentioned Frank Capra as a semi-analogue to Shanley.Perhaps this comparison may help: If you are one of the many whocan't abide Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life," you probably shouldstay away from "Joe Versus the Volcano" as though you had theplague...or even a "brain cloud."9/10
I've never understood why this movie wasn't more popular. I just don't get it- great acting by Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan in three very different roles , Ossie Davis and Dan Hedaya, among others. Terrific, quirky direction and an excellent script. This movie is just so much fun to watch. It should have been hailed as an instant classic. 9/10
One of my all time favorites (by 5860backup)
I am one of the few who saw this on the big screen TWICE when it opened. This is the movie I would take to the desert island, which miraculously has electricity a big screen and a DVD player. This is one of those rare films where every single character, no matter how minor, has a major impact on the hero and the plot. This film is also rare because the Lion's share of the funny and insightful dialogue belongs to the minor characters and not the protagonists. You have to love a movie where a luggage salesman is a major plot milestone. Ossie Davis is excellent as the wise Limo driver, Lloyd <more>
Bridges is hilarious, Tom Hanks is of course everyman, and Meg Ryan, in one of her funniest roles, is actually "every woman". "You know, the first time I saw you I thought that I had seen you before." A witty hero is commonplace and witty cast is truly memorable.The movie is probably too allegorical for most tastes, but this is a great tale about a character afraid of life, afraid of that next step, who finds his courage and puts his foot forward again. All in all this is one of the best kinds of movies, Funny and Hopeful.
Consistently horrible reviews made me reluctant to watch this over a decade ago but when I did, I thought it was pretty good. I actually enjoyed it for the most part. Of course, I usually enjoy films starring Tom Hanks. However, I almost always hate every film Meg Ryan is in, so it balances out.Maybe I just liked Hank's role of a hypochondriac who is thinking of killing himself after he learns he's dying. No, I don't advocate that, but it's actually credible and darkly humorous.The film turns out to be a life-affirming, inspiring story in many ways because Hanks meets various <more>
people who change his outlook, from one of probable suicide to "life is worth living." Maybe a positive message is the big reason the national critics didn't like it, as they tend to gravitate toward darkness, not light.If you're looking for a "cute," lightweight feel-good film for the evening, I'd recommend renting this one.
Your Emotional Baggage Will Sustain You (by winonakent)
Rather than view this movie as just a film, I wondered whether it was more an inside "joke" about the psychology of being human. Joe's "luggage" is more than just a prop that he takes with him on his "life's journey" - it's a literal representation of everything that we carry with us as we struggle through our lives. We're very fond of referring to our "emotional baggage" and we're encouraged to ditch it at every opportunity in our quest to become better individuals.Yet not once, but twice, Joe's luggage proves to be his <more>
life-saver. The first time is after the sailing boat sinks, and he and Patricia are cast adrift on the salvaged suitcases. Inside the suitcases, Joe finds everything he needs to survive, to save Patricia's life, and indeed to amuse himself.And, in the end, when Joe and Patricia take that leap of faith into the vast unknown "life" as it really is when you take a risk from which there can be no turning back and are spewed out into the ocean... it is again that unsinkable baggage that rescues them from certain drowning.So our emotional baggage can sometimes become the life-sustaining force that prevents us from faltering and failing.