NEWS OF THE WORLD
DIRECTED BY PAUL GREENGRASS
Going to the movies lately is like owning your own private theater. Understandably, not many are showing up at the big screen for the latest releases. However to my favor, it minimizes the odds of contracting that evil covid stuff. Wednesday I rolled the dice again and landed at the Andover Cinema for the latest Tom Hanks flick.
Directed by Paul Greengrass, Tom Hanks stars in News of the World. Five years after the Civil War, Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks) is now a reader of news. Quite simply, he travels the poor south from town to town and, for just a dime, informs small crowds of the latest news from around the country. On his way to his next read, he comes across an abandoned 10 year old girl named Johanna Leonberger (Helena Zengel) who has been raised by the Kiowa. He takes it upon himself to try and return her to her surviving family. Along the way they endure some pretty incredible hardships that are dealt out from both Mother Nature as well as the uncivilized men that are waiting just around every turn.
In these weird times, you can hardly go wrong with a Tom Hanks movie. He helps makes everything feel normal again. His latest offering is no exception. Tom (as he likes me to call him) delivers a performance that may not be quite Oscar worthy but is still very satisfying. It’s a smaller movie that still has a big feel because of all the beautiful open vistas that were shot on location in New Mexico. I can’t say enough about the young actress Helena Zengel. She is a scene stealer for sure and easily holds her own with Tom. The supporting cast is up for the task as well. I was especially surprised to see Mare Winningham in a smaller role. I haven’t seen much of her since she played a significant part in St. Elmo’s fire back in the Brat Pack days. If you are looking for a sure bet, check out the latest from Tom Hanks and company.