Throughout the year, the COVID-19 pandemic has left many of us across the globe without a lot of places to go other than our couches. With that reality, many of us have been able to keep up our movie and television viewing intact, but have missed going out and seeing a movie on the big screen with an audience full of people, and so have struggling theaters. The circumstances have caused quite a bit of shifts, to which News of the Worlds’ Tom Hanks is now putting his two cents in.
It's been a heated discussion among the industry, with filmmakers like Denis Villeneuve and Tenet’s Christopher Nolan speaking out against studios (namely Warner Bros) trading exclusive theatrical experiences for more straight-to-streaming releases. According to Tom Hanks, it’s been a trend that the industry was headed for either way. In his words to CinemaBlend:
For some time, theaters have been struggling to market certain movies, such as dramas or small independent films, for the theaters, and Tom Hanks thinks it’s been time for the industry to evolve for a while. Most movies can be enjoyed without a big screen or movie ticket. Hanks does believe movies like the Marvel and DC films are made for a theatrical experience and will continue to be the lifeblood for theater exhibitors. Hanks also said this about the theatrical experience:
It’s true. His anecdote makes it clear that theaters are not always accessible to the public anymore, and they have been struggling to the point of raising prices and offering food and beverages. Hanks is all about going to the theater, but is advocating for a balance that he believes Hollywood is heading to. In his words:
If a movie is truly great, or in this case a television show as truly spectacular as HBO’s Chernobyl, one doesn’t need a big screen to become entranced by the filmmaking and greatly appreciate it. Hanks reminiscenced on his childhood, watching the war movie at home on television and still coming away with adoration for the film he had seen.
Tom Hanks’ News of the World will be debuting in select theaters on Christmas Day. Check out what critics are saying about the Western ahead of its release.
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