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News of the World (2020)

Updated: May 23

PG-13 | 1h 58min | 7/10 | #Drama #Western

Parental Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Children Under 13.)

 
 

STORYLINE:

In "News of the World" (2020), Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a former Confederate soldier turned itinerant newsreader, crosses paths with a young girl named Johanna, who has been living with the Kiowa people for years. As Kidd takes on the responsibility of delivering Johanna back to her relatives, they travel through the dangerous landscapes of post-Civil War Texas. The journey challenges their understanding of family, belonging, and home, as they face both human and natural threats. The film captures the essence of their evolving relationship, set against the backdrop of a nation struggling to heal from its wounds and find unity.


STAFF REVIEW:

Paul Greengrass's "News of the World" is a compelling narrative that combines the elements of a classic Western with a poignant character study. Tom Hanks delivers a powerful performance as Captain Kidd, bringing depth and humanity to a character burdened by the past but hopeful for the future. Newcomer Helena Zengel is a revelation, portraying Johanna with a mix of resilience and vulnerability. The cinematography splendidly captures the expansive, untamed beauty of the Texas landscape, complementing the film's themes of adventure and emotional discovery. "News of the World" is a testament to the enduring spirit of connection and storytelling, offering a timely reflection on empathy and reconciliation.


CREDITS:

Director: Paul Greengrass

Written by: Paul Greengrass, Luke Davies

Starring:

- Tom Hanks as Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd

- Helena Zengel as Johanna Leonberger

Produced by:

- Gary Goetzman

- Gail Mutrux

- Gregory Goodman

Production Company(s):

- Universal Pictures

- Playtone

- Pretty Pictures

Cinematography: Dariusz Wolski

Edited by:

- William Goldenberg

Music by: James Newton Howard

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Release date: December 25, 2020

Run Time: 1h 58min

Country: United States

Languages: English, Kiowa

Budget: $38 million

Box office: $12.7 million


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