Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard have been working together for more than three decades. Their latest collaboration is “Inferno,” the third in their series of films based on the bestselling book series by Dan Brown. It opened on Friday, October 28, but how does it compare to their previous collaborations? Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
They first teamed up in 1984 for the romantic fantasy “Splash” in which Hanks played a man who reunites with the mermaid (Daryl Hannah) who saved his life as a child. The film scored a Golden Globe nomination for Best Musical/Comedy Picture and an Oscar bid for Best Original Screenplay, but their next collaboration was an even bigger awards hit. “Apollo 13” (1995) was nominated for nine Oscars including Best Picture, and it won Best Sound and Best Editing; the docudrama starred Hanks as astronaut Jim Lovell, who struggled to return home safely during the title space mission.
Hanks then played mystery-solving Harvard professor Robert Langdon in three thrillers for Howard: “The Da Vinci Code” (2006), “Angels and Demons” (2009) and now “Inferno,” in which he wakes up with amnesia and must get to the bottom of another global conspiracy with the help of Felicity Jones as Dr. Sienna Brooks. The Langdon films haven’t had nearly the critical success of Hanks and Howard’s previous team-ups — “Da Vinci” scored 46 on MetaCritic, “Angels and Demons” scored 48 and “Inferno” has scored 44 as of this writing, compared to 77 for “Apollo 13” (“Splash” has no MetaCritic rating). But so far they’ve been big box office hits: “Da Vinci” made $758 million worldwide, while “Angels and Demons” made $485 million.
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