- MemberLevel 1January 25, 2021 at 11:41 pm
I had a chance to watch ‘News of the World’ tonight (thank you for the screening!) and it was a very good film. I can see why it is getting good reviews as the directing, cinematography, costume design are all stellar but the film definitely would not be what it is without the standout performances by Tom Hanks (as Captain Jefferson Kidd, a Civil War vet) and Helena Zengel (as orphan Johanna). Both do great work in this film and you can feel the onscreen chemistry between two as they interact with each other.
With all this being said, while it is a good Western, it is not a great one in my opinion. The film is good, don’t get me wrong, but it is slow at times and there a some very predictable moments that took away from the momentum of the film. I will say that I really did enjoy the ending, although it was, again, predictable, but it was still a good way to end the film.
This is one definitely worth watching.
- AdministratorAdministratorJanuary 28, 2021 at 9:35 am
That’s very well put, John. I think we have very similar opinions on this one. Anything Tom Hanks is in is great – because he’s a fantastic actor. And the acting, directing, cinematography, etc… are all fantastic. But it is a reallyyyyyy slow-moving story – and extremely predictable.
It’s hard to stay engaged throughout with films like this (especially when viewing them at home) because they don’t really hold your attention due to the speed of the story.
But it’s definitely a good film – and one worth checking out.
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