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Tom Hanks admits doubts over ‘Forrest Gump’ bus bench scenes

Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump in one of the famous bench scenes.

Finch review: Tom Hanks is a post-apocalypse castaway with charming robot chums

Where’s Wall-E? A winning CG robot joins Hanks for a relatively gentle end-of-the-world on Apple TV Plus.

Tom Hanks in Finch

Tom Hanks is one man and his dog (and their robot) in Finch.

Finch takes us to the end of the world… again. But this familiar trek across the post-apocalypse on Apple TV Plus has two unique selling points: Tom Hanks and robots.

Originally titled BIOS, Finch was meant to come out in late 2020. Bought up by Apple and retitled to a less ambiguously pronounced name, Finch streams on Apple TV Plus this Friday, Nov. 5.

The film opens with a familiar setup. The world has ended and an apparently lone survivor (the titular Finch, played by Hanks) loots a store, tags it with a spray can and heads back to his base where we see the hardscrabble life he’s carved for nike sneakers himself. It’s something you’ve seen before in every post-apocalypse drama from I Am legend to A Quiet Place to Wall-E.

The film takes on something of its own texture when Hanks jumps into a giant dump truck and storms down the street crunching cars, although that gleefully muscular tone doesn’t last. Soft-voiced, shambling and gray-whiskered, Hanks is in Cast Away mode as a mild engineer keeping himself busy with a library of books in a secure silo.

Helmed by Emmy-winning Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik, Finch is a visual treat thanks to a combination of sweeping vistas and clever CGI effects. But it’s also a pretty intimate tale that would feel more at home on the streaming screen even if pandemic disruption hadn’t pushed it out of a prospective theater release.

When a super-storm threatens Finch’s modest underground life, however, the film fires up its second selling point. Comparisons with Wall-E don’t just come from its setting in the blasted landscape of a ruined Earth. No, Finch also has cute droids Hanks builds to help navigate life in this solar-flare-ravaged world. These creations culminate in a human-shaped bot named Jeff, designed to join Hanks on a last-ditch road trip.

The spindly, jerky robot has an orange dome for a face but bags of personality. An impressive digital creation, Jeff is brought to life in a motion capture performance by Caleb Landry Jones, an actor best known for playing oddball characters in films such as Get Out and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. Jones’ performance and the magic of the visual effects team invests Jeff with a charmingly goofy disposition, making an engaging slapstick sidekick for Hanks doing his grumpy but avuncular bit. Jeff is up there with other personality-infused robots in similar films like Netflix’s gripping thriller I Am Mother or melancholy ’70s sci-fi classic Silent Running (referenced here in the name of one of Hanks’ robots).

With a dog and a childlike robot piling into a 1984 Fleetwood RV Southwind recreational vehicle, ecco shoes the film hits the road with a freewheelin’ almost indie-comedy-drama sensibility. There’s an inherent danger in the situation, but the film downplays the menace. The hostile environment is reminiscent of The Martian but with no zombies or mutant biker gangs in pursuit, Finch often feels more like Little Miss Sunshine meets Short Circuit.

It also begins with Hanks crooning American Pie and actually drops Road to Nowhere by Talking Heads when the characters are, wait for it, on the road. At its worst, Finch heads into cloyingly sentimental territory with unfocused emotional reveals and vague life lessons. Still, it’s a charming diversion even if it journeys across pretty familiar territory. Tom Hanks and robots, you can’t go wrong.

Chet Hanks’s ex granted temporary protective order against actor

A judge in Texas’s Fort Bend County has granted a protective order against Chester “Chet” Hanks, the actor son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Hanks’s former girlfriend, Kiana Parker, said in court records that Hanks was physically and verbally abusive. The order, which was granted in January, was reported Wednesday, just as TMZ published a video that shows Hanks arguing with Parker at their Sugar Land, Tex., home on Jan. 8. The footage shows Hanks accusing Parker of attacking him with a knife, which she denies. Viewers see the camera shake as she appears to lunge at him, then Hanks appears bloody.

In the court document requesting the order, Parker accused Hanks of violence against her beginning last October. She cites a specific incident in a New Orleans hotel room, where they were staying as he filmed the Showtime series Your Honor. She accused him of throwing a bottle at her and dragging her away from the door of their hotel room when she attempted to leave to get some food.

She also said in an affidavit obtained by the newspaper that, at their home in December, Hanks threatened to “blow (his girlfriend’s) brains out” and “blow his brains out as well.” She then took her children out of the home and hid his gun. According to the affidavit, Parker said Hanks also was violent in January when she told him she was leaving him and when she returned to their home two days later to collect her belongings. She said neighbors called the police after she screamed.

TMZ reports that Hanks has since filed a lawsuit against Parker over the incident captured in the video. He’s accusing her of assault, battery, conversion and theft, charging thousands of dollars on his credit cards and taking some of his property.

Chet Hanks, second from right, attends the Golden Globes with his family on Jan. 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Chet Hanks, second from right, attends the Golden Globes with his family on Jan. 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

His lawyer, Marty Singer, said in a statement, “The day after Chet Hanks confronted Kiana Parker about stealing money from his credit card, while Ms. Parker was accompanied by a huge male carrying a gun she viciously attacked Chet with a knife, which caused him to profusely bleed. It is all on video and the undisputed video tells the whole story. Her claims are completely false, fabricated and fictional.”

Her lawyer, D’Angelo Lowe, said Parker intends to make the restraining order permanent and that she’s under a doctor’s care.

All of this is happening as Hanks faces criticism for his “White Boy Summer” collection of merchandise.