Looking for a movie that will make you feel patriotic, but is devoid of people arguing over political parties? Want to watch a movie where the hero has flip phone with seemingly unlimited battery? Want a movie that will make you want to never fly in an airplane again, but also feel like Tom Hanks could successfully land an airplane on the Hudson River? I think you can see where I am going with this?
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Written by: Todd Komarnicki (screenplay), Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (novel), Jeffrey Zaslow (novel)
Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney
I got to see Sully this week at a screening for work and I was pleasantly surprised. The movie is relatively short for a Clint Eastwood film, but it was perfectly compact and lean story. It’s always a weird movie experience when you go to see a movie based on real events– especially when you know that the potentially tragic event had a positive outcome. It’s not like going to see Titanic and wondering if certain characters will live or die. You know what is going to happen. But you know it is going to be a good movie when you get chills watching the first scene. The deeper you get into Sully, the more you realize that you, and everyone else who relied on media coverage, doesn’t know the whole story.
Tom Hanks, a national treasure of a human, does a fantastic job. Aaron Eckhart provides just the right amount of comic relief needed to ease the tension of such a serious story. They are charming as unlikely buddies.
Sully isn’t a film I’d usually go see. I fly too often to happily go see a movie based on a real life aviation water landing, but it is a good movie for what it is. If the original media coverage of flight 1549 interested you at all, then this is definitely a movie you’d enjoy.