Here is a question: Is the Movie News of the World Appropriate for Children? One of you asked us. And, luckily we got a chance to attend an early screening of the movie. So we are going to share with you our accustomed parent guide to help you decide if the movie is right for your entire family to enjoy together.
Is the Movie News of the World Appropriate for Children?
This Universal Pictures movie is rated PG-13 for language, violence, and disturbing images. I would not share this movie with kids. Unless they aware of some of the most difficult topics parents need to discuss with children. I share what the movie is about and then give you my News of The World parent guide to help you make an informed decision.
About News of The World
It is a moving story written and directed by Paul Greengrass, reuniting for the first time with his star from their 2013 Best Picture nominee Captain Phillips.
Five years after the end of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks), a veteran of three wars, now moves from town to town as a non-fiction storyteller, sharing the news of presidents and queens, glorious feuds, devastating catastrophes, and gripping adventures from the far reaches of the globe.
In the plains of Texas, he crosses paths with Johanna (Helena Zengel, System Crasher), a 10-year-old taken in by the Kiowa people six years earlier and raised as one of their own. Johanna, hostile to a world she’s never experienced, is being returned to her biological aunt and uncle against her will.
Kidd agrees to deliver the child where the law says she belongs. As they travel hundreds of miles into the unforgiving wilderness, the two will face tremendous challenges of both human and natural forces as they search for a place that either can call home.
News of The World Movie Parent Guide
Peril and violence are frequently seen in the movie. Yes, the threat of child rape is also on the screen. Shoot outs, injuries, and deaths are present as well. Blood is seen as well as men hung from trees. Also, horses are killed, and there is talk of the murder of Native Americans by settlers and soldiers. Additionally, the killing of a woman and her family by natives is described by another.
Moderate language is used.
A young girl is tied with a chain from her ankle to prevent her from running away. As in any western, there is alcohol present. As well as Lying, cheating, theft, robbery, buffalo hunting, breaking the law.
News of the World Overview
The story is one of two very different people coming together for an unexpected journey. They each and jointly face many challenges and obstacles. The movie mostly features hardship and heart wrenching situations. Amidst this, a beautiful family emerges. But, to witness that you practically have to wait to the very end of the movie. I love how this western-style movie is not about conquering the land. Instead, it is about living in it. Undoubtedly, the images are beautiful. While, the story is not necessarily a happy one, it is compelling. Importantly, it shows how a family is not necessarily your biological one. Finally, keep in mind that the movie is on the slow side. I would recommend it for kids 14 and over.