Hello, fellow moviegoers!
Sully is the latest film directed by Clint Eastwood. It stars Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart. It tells the true story of a passenger flight in New York that had to make an emergency landing on the Hudson River. This film has been exciting people for a long time now, as it features some of the biggest talents in Hollywood. But is it actually any good?
Sully was a fantastic film to kick off the Oscar season similarly to Black Mass last year. Black Mass was a really well put together film with great performances and a plot that kept the audience entertained throughout the entirety of the film. Sully is very similar to that, featuring great performances from its lead actors and actresses, well-written dialogue, and scenes that fill you with a sense of excitement. Unfortunately, also similarly to Black Mass, Sully fails to reach that next level that will make it a consideration when it comes times for awards to be handed out.
To simplify this film by simply saying it’s not going to win any awards would be a crime. Sully is a very good example of how to make a great film. There are many different pieces that came together and worked wonderfully in this film. The best of all would be the direction by Clint Eastwood and the writing by Todd Komarnicki was fantastic.
You would think it would be difficult to make a two-hour film based on an event that took less than ten minutes. However, this film doesn’t just focus on that event. In fact, I would say that even isn’t what the film is about. Sully is about the people that were involved in that event, and what their reactions were. It’s about the passengers facing what could’ve been the last few minutes of their lives. It’s about the ferrymen who helped rescue people from the plane. It’s about the people in charge of making sure flights are leaving and arriving on schedule. It’s about Captain Sullenberger and his decision to take the plane to the Hudson.
This film was edited and cut together very well. As mentioned, it tells the stories of so many people throughout the film, but the plot isn’t linear. Sully jumps around in time to show the audience how these different people reacted to this intense situation. Throughout all of the different time cuts, the audience is never lost. They edited the film together in a way that it felt natural, despite being nonlinear.
Tom Hanks, once again, gives a brilliant performance. Hanks is the type of actor that you just expect these things from, and he never fails to deliver. He’s like Meryl Streep. He’s the type of actor you can always make a safe bet on. Aaron Eckhart also gave a very notable performance. He held his own opposite Hanks and provided another great viewpoint to experience this story through.
Sully provided a great takeoff into this year’s Oscar season. It may not be winning any awards come winter, but it’s definitely a film that I would recommend seeing. Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart give very good performances as the two leads, and the nonlinear story line gives several very interesting perspectives on the situation at hand. Sully isn’t necessarily a film you have to see, but it’s definitely one you won’t regret.
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