- 1hr 31mins
A gripping Naval Warfare movie with a little to gripe about!
Well, a few months back when I saw the trailer of “Grey Hound”, I have definitely imagined myself watching this kind of film on a big screen at least like AMC IMAX, but thanks to the pandemic, I had to watch it on Apple TV+. Yes, this is my first film on Apple TV+, even though I had its subscription from the last 6 months. 😊 But the 4K picture quality of Apple TV+ streaming is absolutely amazing. It was supposed to release on June 12th, 2020 in theatres, but due to all this world drama happening now, Apple has bought its rights and launched it as Original films on its platform yesterday, July 10th, 2020.
So, the greyhound has Tom Hanks in it, he is one of my favorites. So far, he has given many memorable performances. You know Sully, catch me if you can, Terminal & Forrest Gump are some of his best works. And of course, the expectations of this film are sky-high. The plot is loosely based on the book called “The Good Shepherd”, and which itself is based on an incident on WW II. It is about a US navy commander, (Tom Hanks as Ernest Krause) on his first war-time assignment in command of escort group defending a merchant ship convoy under attack by German submarines during 1942 Battle of Atlantic, only months after the USA officially entered into WW II. Right from the first scene, giving some text via text montages, the story just went directly to the Naval war between US Navy ships & German Submarines. Nothing extra, no unnecessary scenes, film kicks off with an important note. Film is 85-90 mins long with a decently gripping narration.
For Tom Hanks, these kinds of characters are a cakewalk for him. He is good in the film. The rest all cast are just adequate to the story point. Basically, they wanted to narrate this episode in a short duration of time. Fantastic cinematography, undoubtedly one of the best. Background score is phenomenal. These kinds of films really need IMAX kind of preview or watching. I meant big screen experience is mandatory for these kinds of films. Having seen many films on incidents of WW II, this film will be added to the list of decent works. Since the story is about a small episode and they added some fiction to it, you may feel you wanted some more run time in the film.
Tightly scripted film with fast-paced & gripping screenplay. It may not be best, but it is decently engaging. Always we need to learn history, especially WW II, one of the deadliest conflicts in human history, and moreover we need to respect films if they at least made well. This is one among them, not to be missed or ignored. In Telugu a few years back, we have seen “Ghazi”, it is one of the Naval war films we had to date. People who love war films like me, they may like Greyhound. Others can also try watching it for its extravaganza in film making.