Movie Review: Fall in Love with the Grumpiest Man in A Man Called Otto


Losing a loved one is difficult, and wanting to be with them might make you do some crazy things, but sometimes your purpose in life leads you on another path and gets you to do the unexpected.


A Man Called Otto is based on the book titled 'A Man Called Ove' by Frederik Backman which is published by Jonathan Ball Publishers. The movie follows a similar storyline to the book about an almost retired 59 year old grumpy widower who lashes out at his neighbours and anyone else when they don't follow the rules of the way he perceives life should be.

In the movie, the main character Otto Anderson is played by Tom Hanks as the grumpy old man, and Truman Hanks plays the younger version of Otto.

A Man Called Otto takes us on a journey of man's undying love and affection for his wife, and how his world seemingly falls apart after she passes away, and everyone around him is somewhat of an "idiot" in any situation.

Otto who longs to be with his wife does things which some might say is questionable, but given his circumstance and his love for his wife, to him these things are part of a perfect plan.

When a lively young family moves in across the road from him, Otto meets his match in a quick-witted pregnant mother named Marisol played by Mariana Treviño. This leads to an unlikely friendship that turns Otto's world upside down.

Tom and Mariana's performance were exceptional, bringing life to the characters that they played, which made this heart-warming movie that much more enjoyable.

A Man Called Otto opens at Nu Metro Hyde Park and other theatres nationwide from 17 February 2023.


Note: Viewers discretion and parental guidance is advised as the movie contains scenes of attempted suicide. is an award-winning Digital Media, Marketing, and Advertising Company est. 2015, is a Member of the Independent Media Association of South Africa (IMASA), and Brand South Africa's Play Your Part Ambassadors, with a global reach of over 10 million

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