Corner Office – There is Never Enough Jon Hamm
In “Corner Office,” we’re introduced to a surreal narrative revolving around a diligent corporate employee named Orson, portrayed by the talented Jon Hamm. Orson takes pride in his efficiency and productivity but feels undervalued and disconnected from his colleagues. Hamm’s distinctive voice lends itself perfectly to Orson’s internal monologue, adding depth to his character. As Orson seeks solace from his workplace isolation, he stumbles upon a hidden, beautifully furnished midcentury modern office just down the hall.
As Orson spends more time in this secret space, his reality becomes increasingly distorted. To his coworkers, he appears to be staring into the void, motionless and entranced. The audience is left to question Orson’s state of mind as they follow his journey. Ted Kupper’s adaptation of Jonas Karlsson’s short story offers an opportunity to explore Orson’s emotions—or lack thereof—through Hamm’s nuanced performance. This role deviates from Hamm’s well-known portrayal of the suave Don Draper in Mad Men, though the coveted office space would undoubtedly appeal to Draper himself. Set in a towering, oppressive building that disappears into the clouds and houses a company called “The Authority,” the film explores the impact of the mysterious room on Orson’s career. As his newfound inspiration garners the attention of higher-ups, including the elusive “EVP,” Orson’s request to work in the room is met with confusion and concern from his colleagues.
“Corner Office” raises important questions about neurodiversity in society. As a film that may resonate with audiences for many reasons, it provides a unique perspective on mental health. Speaking from personal experience, as a parent of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, the movie can connect with viewers on various levels, intentionally or not. With its thought-provoking themes and Hamm’s compelling performance, “Corner Office” is a memorable addition to the conversation surrounding mental health and neurodiversity.
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