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Greyhound movie review: Streaming Tom Hanks film would’ve played better in a cinema – NEWS.com.au
Streaming Tom Hanks movie Greyhound should’ve been played in a cinema
Theres no getting around it, Greyhound should be seen in a cinema.And it was originally meant to be.
The Tom Hanks World War II epic is a tight, disciplined war movie with some tense battle sequences, moving along at a propulsive pace. But it’s also meant to be seen on a big screen with the killer sound system of a theatre experience.
It’s no wonder Tom Hanks described, with almost alarming honesty (well, alarming to his “overlords at Apple”), the move from theatrical release to streaming was “absolute heartbreak”.
It’s a personal film for Hanks – he wrote the screenplay, adapted from the C.S. Forester book, The Good Shepherd.
Hanks plays a navy captain in command of a convoy of ships crossing the Atlantic from the US to the UK during World War II. The “Greyhound” in the title is the call-sign of his ship, which has been tasked with keeping the convoy (supply ships with goods and soldiers) safe from German U-boats.
It’s a simple premise and over its 90-minutes run time, Hanks’ Captain Ernest Krause must battle aggressive attacks from a Nazi “wolfpack” which taunts him over the radio, playing into Krause’s already manifesting self-doubt.
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Greyhound is adept at portraying the tension of sustained attacks over two days, always on edge wondering where the next torpedo is coming from, and where every little decision has consequences.
Hanks is great – he has that authoritative, comforting demeanour anytime he puts on a uniform – while the supporting cast which includes Karl Glusman, Rob Morgan and Stephen Graham don’t have much to do.
Greyhound was to be released into cinemas last month until the coronavirus pandemic laid waste to those plans. With an ever-moving schedule and nowhere for it to land, its original distributor, Sony, looked around and took Apple’s offer to buy it for $US70 million.
Greyhound cost $US50 million to make and hadn’t really spent any money on marketing yet, so everyone was coming out ahead. And Apple got to spruik a high-profile Tom Hanks movie that’s exclusive to its subscription streaming service.
Apple isn’t the bad guy here, it’s doing what it thinks is good for its customers, and Greyhound might actually reach a bigger audience on the platform than if it was dumped into cinemas at some point against a slew of competing movies that have all been yanked around.
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But was it the right thing for the experience of watching Greyhound? No.
This is a movie that would have greatly benefited from being seen in a cinema, where it would’ve been more immersive and gripping.
For one thing, the movie takes place entirely at sea, on a cold, steel ship surging through a blue-grey ocean, sometimes under the cover of darkness, with rare bursts of orange flames as German U-boats are sunk.
Greyhound’s colour palette alone would’ve looked better in higher definition in a dark room, and you certainly miss the granular details of some scenes.
This a movie where the visuals, sound design and even its semi-claustrophobic atmosphere was made for a different experience to the one it will ultimately provide.
There is a suspenseful sequence in which this hefty ship must pivot quickly and specifically to dodge two torpedoes coming at it from different angles that would’ve played incredibly well on the big screen.
If you can, if you have a 70-inch 4K TV, or know someone who does, watch Greyhound on that. It’s your best bet.
Greyhound is available to stream on Apple TV+ now
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The Crown season 6: Netflix announces extra season of The Crown – NEWS.com.au
The Crown season 6: Netflix announces extra season of The Crown
Netflix has delighted royal fans everywhere with the promise of a sixth season of The Crown set to follow the royal family through to the early 2000s.With the tantalising royal drama dropping its fourth season later this year, the streaming service has announced there’ll be two more seasons to come after it, despite series creator Peter Morgan previously declaring there would be only five in total.
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Netflix had originally signed on for six instalments of the drama.
As reported by Deadline, Morgan said of the move: “As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons.
“To be clear, Series 6 will not bring us any closer to present-day – it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail,” he added.
The change of heart comes six months after it was announced that Season 5, which will star Imelda Staunton as the new Queen Elizabeth II, would be the last.
While many were keen to see how the wildly popular series would tackle the Meghan Markle drama in future episodes, season 6 will only take the story up to the early 2000s, before Meghan married Prince Harry in 2018.
It will instead see the two princes into their teenage years following their mother’s death in 1997.
Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix said: “The Crown keeps raising the bar with each new season. We can’t wait for audiences to see the upcoming fourth season, and we’re proud to support Peter’s vision and the phenomenal cast and crew for a sixth and final season.”
The Crown’s fourth series, starring Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter, will air on the streaming service later this year. It will be Oscar winner Colman’s final turn as Queen, handing over the reins to Staunton, who will tackle two seasons like her predecessors.
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Fans are already eagerly looking forward to storylines surrounding Princess Diana, portrayed by Emma Corrin, as well as fellow new addition to the cast Gillian Anderson who will play Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The fourth season will cover the time frame that includes the wedding of Prince Charles and then Lady Diana Spencer, who was only 20 years old when she walked down the aisle at St Paul’s Cathedral.
The show should give us glimpses into their courtship and nuptials and, at the very least, the birth of Prince William.
One of the events the show will definitely cover is Charles and Diana’s royal tour of Australia in 1983.
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