Plugged In Pick, Movies: Come From Away

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Heroes can be a lot of things. A hero can be the person who fights on the front lines, who heals the sick, who runs into a burning building to rescue someone.

And sometimes, it can be the person who offers a spare bedroom, who cooks a free meal, who sees an overwhelming need and decides to help in his or her own small way.

Gander, Newfoundland, is full of those sorts of heroes, we learn in the musical Come From Away. Set in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the filmed stage production (which is airing on Apple TV+) dramatizes the real story of Gander, when this town of 9,000 unexpectedly hosted more than 7,000 scared and exhausted visitors whose planes had been diverted there.

The musical has some issues we shouldn’t overlook, from its romantic pairings to a smattering of bad language. It’ll be inappropriate for some. As always, check out our full review. But Come From Away is pretty entertaining, too. And it musically showcases the difference that a bunch of well-meaning people can make—even in the darkest of times.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.