Real. Miguel Sapochnik. WE. 2021. 115 min.
Adorable dog and goofy robot Tom Hanks hit the road in post-apocalyptic America in this Disney-style family entertainment, actually produced by Amblin Entertainment but this time for AppleTV + (from November 5). It’s hard to say which of the actors wins the most, but all credit goes to the grizzled Hanks for sharing the screen with a stage thief pooch and a bucket of screws.
Hosts a terrifying dystopian storyline in a cute kennel
Family to excess – despite its excessively long operating time – Bullfinch is named after protagonist Finch Waldestein (Hanks), who survived an environmental disaster and lives alone in an underground lab with robots he built and a stray dog named Goodyear he adores. A robotics engineer, Finch creates Jeff (voiced by Caleb Landry Jones) to take care of Goodyear when he’s gone – which will happen sooner rather than later due to irreparable radiation damage.
This sweet sci-fi hits all the topical buttons for today’s young teens concerned about the environment and their own future. It also houses a terrifying dystopian storyline in a kennel of cuteness: Josh, the “newborn” robot successfully voiced by Landry Jones, starts off by speaking like Stephen Hawking (with a Russian accent) and makes many teenage mistakes slowly. destructive. until he blossoms and finds the voice of an American boy. Goodyear is played by an actual stray dog called Seamus who almost bites the camera and runs away with it. The robotics and creature design, originally on display at Dewey, a dumpy WALL-E-like the modified lunar rover, and later in Josh’s striking concept, are first-class.
Adults, however, may demand something more dramatic from this road trip. Finch stays in his workshop in a ravaged St. Louis – and the occasional (dog) food raid – until he realizes time is running out, and the trio hit the road in their specially designed motorhome. looking for the Golden Gate Bridge. All the dangers along the way come – repeatedly – from weather events, and Hanks has to work overtime to transmit terror when there is nothing tangible to pursue. On one occasion, our heroes are followed by a car, but no human ever gets out. Finch also never runs out of water, gas, or battery for Josh (certainly a problem after the van’s solar panels crashed).
The scenario is familiar: a mixture of everything from The postman To The Martian, in which a single survivor must dig deep – and, in this case, impart knowledge of the human race (or 72% of it) to artificial intelligence before dying. The only real twist is a dog, and he doesn’t say anything. Still Game Of Thrones Director Miguel Sapochnik finds some wacky appeal in this script, and Tim Porter’s editing is skillful enough to add energy that might otherwise be lacking in the film.
A project led by veteran British filmmaker Ivor Powell from a screenplay by Craig Luck, Bullfinch follows Tom Hanks’ collaboration with AppleTV + last year, the Doggystyle, and candidate for last year’s awards World News. These heroic, stoic characters have always suited the actor, let alone the gravity of the age. It’s hard to think of another artist generous enough to pull something like Bullfinch turned off, and despite its cute co-stars, it hardly ever works when Hanks is offscreen, which gets more and more problematic in the end.
Production companies: Amblin Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment, Walden Media, ImageMovers, Misha Films
Worldwide distribution: AppleTV +
Producers: Kevin Misherj, Jack Rapke, Jacqueline Levine, Ivor Powell
Screenplay: Craig Luck, Ivor Powell
Graphic design: Tom Meyer
Photography: Jo Willems
Editing: Tim Porter
Music: Gustavo Santaolalla
Main actors: Tom Hanks. Caleb Landry Jones