Finch, a robot as a friend – REVIEW

November marks the arrival of a major new production for Apple TV +. Finch represents an important element for the Cupertino service, given the very thick pieces involved in the film. To tread the sandy and post-apocalyptic expanses of Finch, Apple is betting everything on the coat of arms and the experience of a veteran like Tom Hanks.

The path of Finchunfortunately, like many other recent films, it has unfortunately had to bow to the devastating effects of the pandemic. The creature of Universal Pictures it thus landed directly in home use, probably with the aim of avoiding a thorny passage to the box office in times of pandemic. The film directed by Miguel Sapochnik is a story of friendship that leaves in the hands of the veteran Tom Hanks the task of creating a strong emotional bond between the viewer and the protagonists of this story, a task that the actor has already carried out with great skill, giving timeless masterpieces to the history of cinema like Forrest Gump.

Finch transports us into a post-apocalyptic vision of our planet, devastated by continuous solar storms and extreme weather phenomena. The few humans left can do nothing but live in hardship, trying to survive by making up for leftovers in the big cities now deserted. In this vision we will get acquainted with Finch (Tom Hanks), always on the move, desperate for food and shelter.

However, our protagonist is not alone because we will find him company Dewey, a little robot with wheels, and the little mestizo Goodyear. However, Finch is a seriously ill man and this awareness leads him to build Jeff, a humanoid-looking robot with the specific task of taking care of the dog after Finch’s death.


The evolution of the relationship between Finch and Jeff immediately assumes an important specific weight in the narrative, in a continuous crescendo of emotions that will create an ever stronger bond between the two protagonists. The work therefore does not appear as a simple monologue by the always impeccable Tom Hanks, but tries to offer various ideas also on the evolutionary path of the metal counterpart.

The narrative around Finch and Jeff, however, never offers really biting high notes, capable of subverting the fate of a decidedly poor narrative fabric of originality. The impeccable performance of Tom Hanks largely manages to mitigate these gaps but at the best the feeling remains that of a film unable to take off. The production, which also bears the illustrious signature of Robert Zemeckis (Back To The Future), she seemed too inclined to the simplest path, trusting in vain in the always brilliant interpretation of her star Tom Hanks. Many, perhaps too many, situations faced with sufficiency and this is Finch’s greatest regret.

In short, the actor alone cannot work miracles and the non-exciting proof of the two screenwriters Craig Luck e Ivor Powell perhaps it penalizes too much the good ideas behind this film, which fails to explode in that whirlwind of emotions that could have given an even deeper meaning to the end of this journey.

The second feature film by Miguel Sapochnik highlights the constant growth of this director, consolidated above all on a television level with series of the caliber of Game of thrones O Altered Carbon. However, the director’s test does not offer particularly striking ideas capable of significantly shifting the balance.

Even without much inspiration, Finch is a film that can still offer almost two hours of smooth viewing without ever actually being boring. The glance offered by the technical sector certainly manages to make the experience more engaging thanks to its excellent photography and high-impact computer graphics, all with the benefit of a well-blended soundtrack to mark the narrative rhythms.

Despite a Tom Hanks in great dusting, Finch unfortunately smells like a great wasted opportunity. The most interesting ideas, which could give a more unpredictable touch to the story, are lost in a decidedly not daring narrative in terms of narrative choices. In short, the easiest route was chosen, which is not, however, synonymous with guaranteed success.

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