BREAKING NEWS: NEWS OF THE WORLD fails to hitch its wagon to a compelling ride worthy of the $20 admission price.

Director Paul Greengrass is known for his shaky camera work, yet he surprisingly adapts to fit the techniques of the western without completely losing his signature style. It helps that heโ€™s re-teaming with Tom Hanks. The two previously worked together on the superior CAPTAIN PHILLIPS.

This timely episodic tale has hints of relevance with โ€œfake newsโ€ moments and the anger spewing racism it creates. However, the film is more focused on Hanksโ€™s relationship with 10 year old newcomer, Helena Zengel. Their scenes together are dynamic, however itโ€™s not enough to carry the weight of the movieโ€™s theme where both characters are learning that โ€œto move forward, they must remember first.โ€

What stuck with me most from NEWS OF THE WORLD is Hanksโ€™s rendition of Captain Kidd, a truth teller in a post civil war world that is not ready to hear the truth.

The TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) per my friend, โ€œNEWS OF THE WORLD is CASTAWAY, with Johanna playing the part of Wilson.โ€

It is available on all VOD (Video on Demand) services.

Aaron "Dobler" Goldstein

Aaron Goldstein is a Product Manager by day, ludicrous speed content consumer by night. Heโ€™s a LA Film School Alumni and TV Academy / Producers Guild of America member. Aaron is a proud parent and dad joke enthusiast.

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