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.