That's one of the reasons I was surprised at the move. Looking at the trailer, it is clearly a movie that would benefit from being seen in a theater. With no disrespect to The Lovebirds, which Paramount sold to Netflix in light of the pandemic, I doubt that it will play all that much differently on Netflix as it would in theaters. This one is a different situation.This movie is going to be majestic when I watch it on my Apple Watch.
Well, Hanks has several lighter titles to choose from if you want to make it a double feature centered around his work, which is what I would do.I might have to choose something more in the romantic comedy vein.
Nothing looks real? Jeez, it looked real to me.Maybe I shouldn't judge until I see it, but putting over CG missiles, ships and, well, oceans is a harder sell when it's the main setting and consequences. The trailer gives no sense of genuine risk because nothing looks real.
That, and Tom Hanks looks like Captain Queeg for half of it.
Cats was never ready for prime time.We can all find out exactly what everything looks like on Friday (as long as you have Apple TV+.)
It's also possible that any CG might have been updated between the time the trailer came out and now. Oftentimes, early trailers come out while there is still work to be done on the film.
Remember Cats? It still looked awful and creepy, but the first trailer was even MORE awful and creepy than the final version turned out to be. Those effects were not ready for primetime when they decided to put out the first trailer.
All I’ll say is trailers are sometimes misleading. The film portrays U-Boat tactics accurately as far as I could tell.especially that nonsense where the radar is painting a "Wolf Pack" of a dozen boats or more. U-boats relied on stealth. It is ridiculous to think that they would have clustered together like that. Furthermore, with a radar signal coming back that would have meant that every one of those boats were either on the surface or had at least some part of the boat, such as a periscope, above the water surface.
The advent of ship-based radar and forward firing "Hedgehog" munitions, along with longer range air support, ended the U-boat threat. With radar, U-boats could be detected at longer range. Radar also allowed U-boats to be detected with as little as a periscope being exposed.I know nothing of naval warfare and procedures. My gut reaction to the film is that it was authentic.I’m not sure I needed to spoilerize that but thought I’d play it safe.This film could almost be referred to as a naval procedural. Little time is given to character conflict. Joe Friday would have loved the film, “Just the facts, Mam, Just the facts.” The viewer gets to see activities on the bridge as they might occur in a real battle. Even though Hank’s character is in his first passage of the Atlantic, and perhaps his first command, has no hesitation when giving commands and he is usually correct.
This is the type of film that really benefits from having an actor like Hanks. He’s achieved (some time ago) a point in his career that Stacy and I watch his movies with an attitude of “It’s Hanks, this is going to be good.”
So let me ask some questions of the naval experts here. 1) Do the U-Boats normally spend that much time on the surface? 2) Do the U-Boats normally taunt their opponents? Does one plane (all I saw) constitute air support? 3) Did the captain ever eat?
It is my recollection that early on in the North Atlantic the U-Boats had a big advantage and decimated the convoys, later on something changed to tip the advantage to the allies. Either new tactics or perhaps better sonar? I don’t remember what.
I forgot to say that there was a complaint about the trailer showing Hanks adjusting the radar to show a convoy of U-Boats in close proximity one another. That scene is not in the movie.
And finally, we enjoyed the film very much. I enjoy “The Enemy Below” very much but “Greyhound” is the opposite of the film. Very different.