Tom Hanks on the way forward for cinema: "A elementary change was due"

Colliders own Steve Weintraub I recently spoke to Tom Hanks about his upcoming western News from all over the world (in the theaters on Christmas Day). And during the conversation, Steve asked for Hanks' thoughts on the state of going to the movies (since News of the World is coming to theaters for the first time) and where he thinks we will go from here. And Hanks replied extremely articulate and thoughtful that you can read or watch. He's gone through everything clearly and understands the business like no other and his thoughts are extremely illuminating.

"Even in Los Angeles, it's a little difficult to go to the movies, isn't it? You have to drive, you have to park, you have to be there at a certain time. I love the Arclight. There's one in Hollywood and one in the." Close to where I live. There was a theater that was charged $ 27 a seat so people would bring you nachos. They didn't even have a snack bar to queue for, you had to pay $ 27, "Hanks began . "And you had to order from someone, which means that when you watch Rocketman like me, someone comes over and says, 'Can I get you some more cheese on your nachos?' I said, 'No man, me me am good, I'm trying to see the movie that I paid $ 27 for. "There's this reality of the feasibility of showing movies that is based on wanting people to see the movie."

Hanks continued, "In New York City, where I am now, it's one of the easiest places to go to the movies. You can choose to go to the movies and be in the theater half an hour later. You can, too Of course, when the movies are open there are plenty of screens to choose from a variety of options, even if those could be the 12 movies that play nationwide at any given time.

Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel in News of the World

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“It's a long way to go to say that a fundamental change was due anyway. It came. The fact is, I don't want to spend too much time on that answer, but I want to tell you this story, ”said Hanks. “When I was a kid and the ABC Sunday Night Movie played the first half of David Lean's Bridge Over the River Kwai in pan-and-scan 1.33 with commercials, I still believed Bridge Over the River was Kwai was one of the best The Best Movies I Ever Seen. It was as primitive a representation as possible. It might even have been in black and white. I don't think we had a color TV the first time. And you had to see the second half on Monday night, a school night. That didn't stop me from enjoying Bridge Over the River Kwai. I didn't even know there were limitations. "

Hanks draws a comparison between watching Bridge Over the River Kwai on a lousy TV and the current state of the industry: “With Netflix and all streaming services, we can now watch a movie anytime we want on our couch. If the movie is really great and engaging, you can still get away from that experience and think, this is one of the greatest movies I've ever seen. I recently experienced that with Chernobyl, the five-part thing. I said, "It was one of the greatest movies I've ever seen." It comes across with other films too. Will there still be cinemas? They become absolute. In a way, I think that once exhibitors are open and open, they will have more freedom of choice as to which films to play. I'm not Cassandra when it comes to it, but big event films will rule the day in theaters. "

All of this in some way brings us to the news of the world. (It's probably also worth noting that the Pinocchio movie he's making with his Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis will debut exclusively on Disney's direct-to-consumer streaming platform Disney +. "News of the World may be the last adult film about people saying interesting things that are playing on a big screen somewhere," said Hanks. "Because after that, we're going to have the Marvel Universe and all kinds of franchises to make sure people show up again." And some of these films are great. You want them to be capitalized because actually watching them at home on your couch can diminish them somewhere, somehow in their visual punch. "

News from the World Tom Hanks

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In conclusion, Hanks said, “But the fundamental change that COVID-19 has brought about has been a slow move. I think there will be a ton of movies that will just be streamed and it will be okay to watch them that way because they were built and made and built by someone at home for the pretty good widescreen TV. Other movies are played in this window. I think people will actually flock to them to see them on the big screen while they get the chance. But without a doubt, we are actually in the great curve of change that I believe was due since people first got the chance to pay for video on demand, although it could be argued since the VHS tape in a cheap way was introduced. That was on the horizon. "

We'll have more of News of the World before it hits theaters on Christmas Day.

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