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Come From Away

Published June 17, 2022

Come From Away

Film info

  • Title Come From Away
  • Director Christopher Ashley
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 1hr 47m
  • Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical
  • Tagline Experience a story of healing and hope

Filmed live on Broadway, the Tony Award-winning musical tells the remarkable true story of 38 flights grounded in a small Canadian town on 11 September 2001. As the locals host these 'come from aways', they come together and find hope.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:57 Simply loving these accents.
8:01 “An incident in the United States.”
12:32 If endless bad news means people want to help to be distracted, maybe that’s one upside.
13:49 Haha, the man not knowing about tampons.
16:31 BBC keeping everyone informed. Legends.
20:49 “You tink about it.”
29:42 “I have found one cat. Do you think it’s Lyle that’s barking?”
33:16 Numbers for the win, international translation by paragraph number.
42:37 “Are there vegetables in Canada?”
49:04 You can’t cancel hockey in Canada!
59:44 This multi-faith song is something else.
1:02:05 The plane is sinking into the runway? Jeez louise.
1:08:20 I’m not kissing no fish.
1:12:30 “The World War II crew retired.” YAS.
1:19:08 “You are not voting on our destination.” Yea, planes don’t work like that.
1:27:09 Canoodling!
1:38:09 “Knock, knock” “Come on in, the door’s open.”

Thoughts

I’ve been wanting to watch this since Apple TV+ released it on their streaming platform, but was waiting for the right moment - I knew it was going to be a bit of an emotional watch, so the mood had to be right. I’m so annoyed I waited so long, because it’s brilliant!

And yes, it’s emotional, and it’s a bit corny in places, and oof the songs have to do a lot of heavy-lifting in terms of telling the story, but what an incredible piece of work. It’s funnier than I was expecting, and the staging was mind-blowing - so many characters with so few people, and they do so much with just a turntable, a hole in the wall, and a bunch of chairs. Amazing.

I don’t know that it’s a musical I’d go back to again and again for the songs, outside of I Am Here and Me and the Sky, I didn’t fell like there was a lot to hook into. But it will be worth watching over and again for sure.

Rating: 5 / 5

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