Five stars - James Stewart out-Hanks Hanks.
- Harvey review by mc
It gets four stars from most reviewers but in my book that slightly underestimates this gem, which stays with you much longer than the slight, smile-worthy story might warrant.
Mostly, that's because it has got integrity. It is strongly cast with each character performing better than they are written, and at the centre is the slow-talking Stewart showing that everyman touch that made him the Tom Hanks of his day. It's in the same mould as Big. Maybe not so laugh-out-loud but there's still plenty to enjoy, from the reply to the wonderfully named Myrtle Mae's enquiry "Do you enjoy your job, Mr Wilson?" (I do now, Miss Myrtle. I do now!) to Aunt Vita fighting off her "white slaver". You may initially have trouble swallowing the premise of Stewart, but for my money, if you do it is a better story than 'Big', having a basis in myth rather than fantasy, a proper resolution, and a wider theme, in the 'childhood friend'.
I could imagine this working rather well as a musical.
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