Video Review: Carly Rae Jepsen “I Really Like You”

At 5:00 a.m., Tom Hanks’ alarm clock chirps. He reaches over with his hand and turns it off. He sits up on his bed and then runs his hands over his face. After stretching his arms, he sings into his bathroom mirror. He checks to see if there are bags underneath his eyes and then takes a sip of water. He gurgles and spits in the sink.

As he walks down a street in Manhattan, he fist bumps a woman and high-fives another. A couple runs up to him and asks for his autograph. He signs in a notebook and is handed a ping pong paddle. He tosses the ball in the air and hits it. The woman puts the camera above them and he poses for a picture.

He hails a cab and talks on the phone. He waves and gives a thumbs up to people who recognize him. As he checks his watch, he receives a text from Carly Rae Jepsen. She asks where he is. He types back that he is “stuck in traffic” with three emojis of a man running. He responds to more texts on his phone and waves to a person, visibly stressed. He checks his watch again. After waving his finger, the cab stops.

He waves to people on the street. People take pictures of him as he walks by.  A crew member hands him a clipboard and he passes by the dancers rehearsing against a building.

In the dressing room, he talks with Jepsen and jokes that he’s pregnant.

At night, they dance on the street, with about a dozen dancers behind them. Justin Bieber moves to the front with Hanks and Jepsen.

Rating: 4.5/5

On the way to work, Tom Hanks is friendly, saying hello to strangers and taking pictures with them. Being stopped constantly, though, has caused him to run late. Carly Rae Jepsen is concerned, considering he was already supposed to be there.

He musters some waves to be polite amidst the stress of the drive to the location. However, it has begun to its toll and he needs a mental break from people for at least ten minutes.

A communsate  professional, he listens to the crew member and he chats with his co-star with some good-natured teasing. At the end, he performs the dance routine with Jepsen to help her promote her video.

Hanks, who achieved A-List status in the 90s as an Oscar winner for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, stays away from TMZ and other gossip sites (unless it’s to disprove a story about divorce). He is also well-known for his good reputation among peers and fans. For Hanks, the fist bumps and photos with fans are part of his everyday life. He treats the staff with respect and acknowledges the dancers. For Hanks, all he needed to be was himself.

When the strain begins to show, it’s human. He understands people mean well by saying hello and saying they enjoy his work but needs some time to not be Tom Hanks, Oscar Winner and allowed some time alone.

Director: Peter Glanz Year: 2015

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