Andrea’s film review – Finch

Finch ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali

On a post-apocalyptic earth, a robot, built to protect the life of his creator’s beloved dog, learns about life, love, friendship and what it means to be human. Available to watch on Apple+

I’ve only just managed to catch up with this one even though it’s been around for about a month on Apple+ (yes I know, there are way too many streaming channels these days and it’s hard to keep track of things).

If you ask me, a movie starring Tom Hanks is always worth a watch. And if the movie has to be an apocalyptic story about one survivor on a dying planet Earth, wouldn’t you want that man to be Tom Hanks?

As ever Tom (he’s such a nice man, that one feels like calling him by first name) brings with him his usual charm throughout this one-man show which reminded me a lot of his sublime performance in Cast Away. In that film he was talking to a ball (Wilsooooon!); here he’s in the company of a dog (best thing in the film) and a robot. It won’t take a genius to find out what’s going to happen in the film as soon as you see him coughing right at the start.

There’s a certain inevitability or predictability to the plot that even my nine year-old son asked me half way through whether the film was going to end the way we all thought it was going to end.

Indeed the film has so few surprises that one wonders why it was made at all, other than to fulfil the star’s contract with Apple+ (this is the second film for the streaming channel after the rather unremarkable Greyhound).

Finch is not a bad film. It kept my attention and I even shed a few tears (yes, the film is a little bit sentimental, but I didn’t mind that too much). The real problem is there’s nothing we haven’t really seen before and if it hadn’t been for Tom’s presence, I don’t think anyone would have paid any attention.

There’s no sense of drive (no pun intended since it’s a road movie), rarely do you feel any real sense of danger and even the few comedic moments might just about make you smile but never really laugh.

Everything feels a bit muted and subdued… slightly dead like the planet where the story takes place.

In the end the only thing that really left a mark on me is my son’s question during the final credits: “dad, why do you always choose sad films?’’. I guess the next Tom Hanks film will have to be Toy Story … once again.

Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick.

Finch is available to watch on Apple+

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