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Take caution when traveling with Tom Hanks, he doesn't often get where he's going

Take caution when traveling with Tom Hanks, he doesn't often get where he's going

More than three decades into one of Hollywood’s most blue-chip movie careers, two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks has entrenched himself in the public imagination as a baby-boomer version of Jimmy Stewart: an über-American avatar of unimpeachable decency and everyman triumphalism with a shelf full of acting awards and a real-life Presidential Medal of Freedom to prove it.

Often overlooked in the star’s nearly 60-film oeuvre, however, is a recurrent theme of foiled plans and unreached destinations, of crash landings and turbulent seas, of interrupted journeys and uncertain repatriation. That is to say, in so many of Hanks’ most indelible films, his character sets off on...

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