‘Come From Away’ Review: Looking for Light in Somber Times

The seize of the Broadway musical “Come From Away” that’s now streaming on Apple TV+ is nearly inconceivable to hate. Unless, that’s, you may have an aversion to conventional Irish music and good folks.

The first permeates the rating, a tribute to the cultural heritage of Newfoundland the place the present is about — and the place the second discover themselves. The ensemble, many from the unique Broadway forged, deftly toggles between portraying passengers aboard planes diverted into the Gander airport on Sept. 11, 2001, and the kindly Canadians who welcomed them to their remoted province on the Atlantic coast.

Hatched by the Canadian group of Irene Sankoff and David Hein and impressed by actual folks, “Come From Away” describes, in a sequence of vignettes, the surreal few days skilled by the stranded guests and their hosts. Both had been shellshocked by the state of affairs and considerably befuddled by one another, but they made the a lot of the circumstances in an illustration of tolerance and human decency.

You must be inexperienced and hate Christmas to want unwell on this story. At the identical time, the present doesn’t elicit passionate emotions of any sort: It is … good.

Certainly, there’s a double emotion concerned in this Apple launch: It coincides with the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and was filmed in entrance of an invited viewers on the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater again in May, when all the opposite Broadway theaters remained shuttered. Christopher Ashley, whose work on the stage model earned him the 2017 Tony Award for greatest path of a musical, acquits himself effectively in the transition to video. But this amiable manufacturing’s temperature by no means rises above lukewarm: good sentiments are, sadly, tough to dramatize, a problem compounded by a rating that may really feel like aural wallpaper.

The greatest songs, which rely much less on Celtic clichés, floor towards the top, together with Jenn Colella’s belted ballad “Me and the Sky” and the rousing quantity “Somewhere in the Middle of Nowhere.” It’s a nice send-off to of us we really feel we acquired to know, at the least somewhat.

Come From Away
Not rated. Running time: 1 hour 47 minutes. Watch on Apple TV+.