Tom Hanks has had a long and celebrated career in film, and is showing no signs of slowing down. The 63 year-old actor has tackled all types of genres during his time on camera, and he's heading to streaming with the Apple TV+ release of Greyhound. In addition to playing Commander Ernest Krause in the blockbuster, Hanks also wrote the war movie which was directed by Get Low filmmaker Aaron Schneider. Greyhound's reviews are in, so here's what critics are saying about the movie, which was originally intended for a full theatrical release.
Greyhound didn't end up having its life in theaters, instead finding a home on Apple TV+. That means all of the new streaming service's will be treated to Tom Hanks' latest, which the actor/writer clearly invested in the movie's production. CinemaBlend's own Eric Eisenberg gave Greyhound 2.5 stars out of 5, taking umbrage with the balance of action sequences and character development. In his words,
It looks like Greyhound has some thrilling moments, as Tom Hanks' Aaron Schneider and crew battles German U-Boats in WWII. But the characters are reportedly underserved throughout the movie's 91-minute runtime. In fact, this is a criticism that was shared by other critic who reviewed Greyhound. This sentiment was echoed by Collider's Matt Goldberg, who rated Greyhound with a B, saying:
One part that Greyhound seems to really be getting right is the many action sequences. Since the movie was intended for a theatrical release, I'd have to assume those moments would have been even more powerful on a big screen. Although according to Variety's Owen Gleiberman spoke about the uneven nature of the movie's pacing. As he put it,
It looks like Greyhound has high points, but there are certainly some lows as well. Mainly the movie's characters, which don't seem to be especially developed with the exception of Tom Hanks' protagonist. USA Today's Brian Truitt criticized this same dynamic in Greyhound, with his review reading:
While the supporting cast is reportedly underutilized, Tom Hanks' performance has obviously been a high point of Greyhound's critical performance thus far. Hanks has countless iconic roles, and got an Oscar nomination last season for his role in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Forbes' Scott Mendelson praised the beloved actor's role as Ernest Krause, saying:
While the majority of Greyhound's reviews praise the movie's boat action sequences for their thrilling nature, Empire's Ian Freer didn't exactly agree. Mainly over issue with production design and the set of the ship itself. As they wrote in a 3/5 star review:
It should be interesting to see how audiences respond to Greyhound, and if there's a discrepancy between audience reaction and the movie's reviews. This type of juxtaposition has been seen in countless movies before, and Tom Hanks has a beloved actor who moviegoers can instantly connect with. We'll just have to see how it performs once Greyhound is available for the masses.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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