Review: News of the World


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“News of the World” is a feel-good Western Drama set in the 19th century.

Director: Paul Greengrass

Cast: Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel, Mare Winningham, Elizabeth Marvel, Michael Angelo Covino, Thomas Francis Murphy, Fred Hechinger, and Neil Sandilands.

Synopsis: Tom Hanks portrays Captain Jeffrey Kyle Kidd in this touching film illustrating loss, struggle, and love. Kidd agrees to return a 10-year old Native American girl to her estranged aunt and uncle through the harsh terrain of Texas. However, as the pair forms an unconditional bond, two cultures come together to fight the evil that 19th century America holds.

Review: Don’t let the Western genre fool you, this movie isn’t a dry Western classic from the ’90s (no pun intended). Instead, it is a beautiful story of a young German girl raised by Native Americans traveling with a newsreader who is mourning the loss of his wife. Not only do they gain insight into each other’s cultures, but also into each other’s hearts, as they form a relationship resembling a father and his daughter.

Now, just from the synopsis, you might think that you have this movie all figured out. However, Paulette Jiles, the original author of the book version, filled it with twists and turns like no other and will surely take you along the dangerous journey they embark on. It includes drama and comradery, but also elements of action, comedy, and tragedy that will put you on an emotional rollercoaster.

I recommend this movie for a family night or even a late-night movie session by yourself. You don’t have to go to the movie theater, as this movie will be released on Netflix on February 10th. Overall, Jiles truly captured the essence of family and protecting them at all costs. Hanks certainly didn’t let down either. With his iconic classics like Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan, this one would have no trouble being on the same list. News of the World got me thinking about what family really means.

Ranking: 8.5/10; Although it had a bit of a slow start, the delightful plot and ending made up for it all.