Movie Review: SULLY
Star Rating (out of 5): ****
SULLY is a drama adapted from the true story of Captain Sullenburger’s crash landing on the Hudson River, saving 150 souls. Director Clint Eastwood focuses on the dramatic impact of the event & those affected.
Tom Hanks delivers a great performance as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenburger. Hanks perfectly captures the persona of the real Captain. A strong and humble man. Aaron Eckhart plays First Officer Jeff Skiles. Skiles isn’t necessarily the comic relief of the movie, but rather a likable guy with good comedic timing. This is where Todd Komarnicki’s writing shines. The overall dialogue is organic and feels natural. The story is deeply compelling, focusing on the drama after the crash, and whether or not the landing was justified. Eastwood’s direction is very intimate, forcing you into the perspectives of our characters and the challenges they must deal with. There is a strong theme of humanity in this film. There’s a brilliant scene where Sully questions a computer simulation video where the pilots make it seem possible that Sully could’ve just landed at the airport. Sully points out many problems with the simulation, including the fact the pilots are nearly emotionless. “How many practice runs did you do for this video?”, Sully asks. “Um, seventeen practice runs”, the investigator woman shamefully replies. The whole theatre erupted in laughter at this line.
Unlike the recent movies that I’ve reviewed, Sully is a bit too short. It could’ve elaborated on certain subplots, like Sully’s family, his other years in the air, his nightmares etc. There’s barely a soundtrack to this movie. When there is music, it’s redundant.
The crash landing on the Hudson. Very intimate and intense.
LEAST FAVORITE SCENE
The opening scene is one of those cop-out scenes you see every once in a while. It was a good trick, but kind of jarring.
Sully is a riveting drama that constantly questions and challenges humanity. Its fine performances, intimate direction and compelling story make it one of Clint Eastwood’s best movies. Even if it leaves behind some interesting threads hanging.
Review by SAM SILBER