News of the World

 (33,718)6.81 h 58 min2020X-RayPG-13
A Civil War veteran (Tom Hanks) agrees to take a child to her rightful family. Together they travel into the unforgiving wilderness, searching for a place they can call home.
Paul Greengrass
Tom HanksHelena Zengel
English [CC]
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Gary GoetzmanGail MutruxGregory Goodman
Universal Pictures
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PAL3Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsGood story. Will become a classic.
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Excellent movie. I was afraid it would feel slow but the pacing was good. This will become a classic.

Early in the movie we discover that our hero is an ex-confederate soldier. But there was no "nostalgia for the south", thank goodness. The movie never really explores what Captain Kidd was like during the war. This story takes place five years after the war. We see an older, more pragmatic person worn down by all the death and violence he's seen.

The movie seemed mostly even handed in how it portrayed the various western archetypes. There are bad characters and fewer good characters. This is not a movie where all native Americans are good or all bad. Not all soldiers are good or bad. Not all southerners are good or bad. Etc.

The movie hints at some of the systemic and cultural issues that oppressed many in 1870, but these issues aren't really explored.

The story is really about one man and one girl and a journey they made together. And it's a pretty good story.
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Cliff LeveretteReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsThis is an emotional movie, acting is very good, story very good,
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I like it for a number of reasons, one reviewer has already noted that of all the people groups, cultural groups, this movie is one of the most even handed that I have ever seen. It also have a very emotional tone to it that overrides all else: An orphaned child, twice over. And it certainly is a well thought out period piece with no room for anachronisms of a future source like so many period dramas have been. I really don't want to comment more on why I like the movie because it would be a real bummer if I talked about things that would ruin the movie for you. But I will end by saying I loved the movie.
185 people found this helpful
Suzan H.Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful!
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I read the few reviews, not sure why they were so negative and nasty, especially about Tom Hanks. He is an absolute treasure, always has been always will be! He is amazing in this!
This movie was beautifully filmed, the story is intense, but truly believable. The young costar Helena Zengel is also fantastic.
My husband and I watched this last night, it is a great western! Well done!!!
152 people found this helpful
Sally LeonardReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2021
1.0 out of 5 starsI would not spent $19.95 to rent and watch
I was intrigued by the story only because my own Great Grandmother was captured by the Kiowa Indians in Texas 1864 ! she was also just a child she was rescued after being held captive for 9 months . Her Grandmother was kept as a slave by the Kiowa for 2 years before she was rescued . her mother was murdered along with her uncle and her baby sister also died . This would now be called Human Trafficking . Maybe if this was a true documentary without Mr. Hanks ! I would consider buying it in dvd
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david cReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2021
1.0 out of 5 starsHanks should stay in Greece
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Worse Hanks movie of all time. Is that his future to go the same direction as DeNiro?
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JBKReviewed in the United States on January 15, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsLife is the ultimate story teller!
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This is finally another classic Tom Hanks. I am the same age as he. I have grown up with his movies and now am growing old with him. This was a great story about a great story teller. I was a Printer during my younger years as he was in this movie. I read everything and so did he and it changed how you look at all things. The story is a solid story enjoy it and do not over think it.
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Frank SchaefferReviewed in the United States on January 15, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsHhe hard lives lived after the civil war
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A terrific portrait of the rough edges and casual brutality of our recent American past graced with the humanity Hanks always gifts us with. A gem.
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ENLReviewed in the United States on January 25, 2021
1.0 out of 5 starsA real shame.
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Thinly veiled, Anti American movie. America is terrible, Texas is terrible... blah, blah, blah. What a shame Tom Hanks has become such a liberal political animal and it shows through in all his movies. The script has a ton of not so subtle Anti-American sentiment. America is horrible, it started horrible..... Too bad, we were really hoping for a good old fashioned western and had to be repeatedly bludgeoned with the "messaging" How about just making a movie, and not trying to hide your identity politics propaganda in it? People watch movies to be entertained. if they wanted to watch a documentary reinforcing their political beliefs', they would watch that. A movie is supposed to be a story told for entertainment.
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