starring Tom Hanks
written by Craig Luck and Ivor Powell
directed by Miguel Sapochnik
by Walter Chaw No movie with Tom Hanks can be entirely bad, especially when that movie marries Hanks favourites Apollo 13 and Cast Away--two films in which our Jimmy Stewart is asked to be ingenious when everything goes wrong. In Finch, he is Finch, an engineer in the post-apocalypse after a solar flare has shredded our ozone layer, wreaking havoc on our crops and allowing the sun to fry people instantly. Time has passed since then, it seems, and there are few signs of life left in St. Louis other than Finch and Finch's dog, Goodyear. Like Hanks's volleyball buddy, the dog is named for a product and, because we've all read I Am Legend, we know that Goodyear is vital to Finch as the last link Finch has with not just the former world, but his own humanity as well. Oh, the humanity. Finch really loves the Don McLean song "American Pie" and, testament to Tom Hanks's titanic charisma and reservoir of goodwill, we like him anyway. We forgive him for Chet; we can forgive him for "American Pie." As the film opens, he's singing "American Pie" and scavenging for goods at the local dollar mart, meaning this is a Chloe Zhao movie all of a sudden though thankfully not for long.