Magazine August 24, 2020, Issue

Dan Stevens: A Not-Quite-Star Worth Watching

Dan Stevens in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (John Wilson/Netflix/IMDb)

A pandemic summer isn’t a time for movie stars. Some big names have been shunted off into the post-COVID future, when presumably we’ll get to see Gal Gadot play Wonder Woman once again or Daniel Craig’s last go-round as James Bond. Others have taken the risk of seeing how their charisma wears in the toy-strewn discomfort of our living rooms: Is Tom Hanks still Tom Hanks if his World War II submarine movie Greyhound is playing only on your television, with the cries of unschooled kids as a soundtrack? I’m not brave enough to find out.

A pandemic summer is a good

This article appears as “A Semi-Star Is Born” in the August 24, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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