News of the World ★★½

The least Paul Greengrass, Paul Greengrass movie I have seen. It takes its time, there is a lot of steady camera work, and the tension disappears entirely at points. Somebody get Paul Greengrass a Red Bull.

Overall, I like a lot of the ideas in the film, the most beautiful being how central stories are to our identity as a people. We need to remember the past and hear stories in order to move forward. Our lives are circles in this way.

Unfortunately the execution is lacking here in telling the film's own story which robs the film of its emotional heart. Many moments feel too expository or fall limp, each stitched to the next without any real cohesion or believability. Love the idea of an Odyssey-esque approach, but each stop has to be fully realized to keep the narrative taut.