We Got This Covered
A Hologram for the King is an amiable film, hardly a waste of time, but cannot quite live through its lack of a clear central narrative. Clay’s progress from anxiety-ridden failure to a certain sense of balance and comfort in himself is fine as far character development goes, but the film does not treat itself as a character study. Hanks anchors the movie so well and is so enjoyable to watch that it’s difficult to dismiss the film entirely. It’s also impossible to call it successful.