Monday, January 25, 2021

News of the World

On Saturday night, January 16, Sharon and I watched News of the World. This film is being talked about for several possible Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

News of the World is a Western co-written and directed by Paul Greengrass. It is based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Paulette Jiles.

The movie stars Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel. The film follows a Confederate Civil War veteran who works to return a young girl who was stolen by Native Americans as an infant to her last remaining family. Listening to him talk about the movie on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Hanks said that this is his first Western.

The last part of the movie is supposed to be set in the hill country between Austin and San Antonio. The movie was actually filmed outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. [Note to self], I am interested in exploring the Texas hill country at some point. This region also played a huge part in Lyndon Johnson's life.

Sharon liked the film better than either Mank or Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. I would rank it behind The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Mank. While it might get a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, I think that it won't get a Best Picture Oscar nomination.

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