Tom Hanks is a widower, an architect living in Seattle. Meg Ryan is a reporter living in Baltimore. Will they meet at the top of the Empire State Building? Also starring Bill Pullman and Rob Reiner, cinematography by Sven Nykvist, directed by Nora Ephron.
I can't help it, I like this film. Hanks is not the hippest actor in the world, he does safe Hollywood movies, he doesn't play heroin addicted serial killers. But neither did James Stewart. I think this is maybe Hanks' best performance, not that I've seen all his films, and Meg Ryan is... well, Meg Ryan, I guess. Bill Pullman is funny in the Ralph Bellamy part. Actually, the film has the class of an old 40s film. Since Hanks and Ryan only meet at the end of the film, Hanks' partner in this film is rather the son, and they found a good, natural acting kid for the role, not one of those child actor horrors. The scene of Hanks talking about his dead wife is quite touching. The scene of Hanks and Reiner talking about Cary Grant is very funny. If you think about the story of the film too much it kind of falls apart, but I always enjoy watching it. It's not easy to make this kind of film. They tried again later with You Got Mail, and it didn't work.