Review: RAIN MAN

Well, now.  To say the very least, RAIN MAN is absolutely brilliant.  Dustin Hoffman delivers an fantastic performance as the autistic character Raymond Babbitt, a role for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1988.  In fact, Hoffman’s performance is so outstanding that in comparison to Colin Firth as King George VI and Tom Hanks as the titular character in FORREST GUMP (using examples of other Academy Award-winning disabled roles), Dustin Hoffman as Raymond Babbitt is definitely the superior one.  Tom Cruise also does an acceptable job as Charlie Babbitt, a greedy, selfish man who lives his whole life unaware that Raymond is his brother.  I didn’t expect very much of this film, as it looked like it would be utterly irritating–and I will admit, I was irritated at some parts, such as the various times at which Raymond continuously recites lines from Abbott and Costello’s comedy act, “Who’s on First?”–but otherwise, RAIN MAN was an exceptionally great, thoroughly memorable motion picture.