Movie Review: Sully

A couple of things before I begin:

I will not be seeing Magnificent 7 because it is a remake of a remake of Seven Samurai, one of Akira Kurosawa’s best films. The director, Antoine Fuqua, plans on remaking Scarface. Need I say more? Also, I just got a real job at Big Bend Productions as an editor. It is still too early to tell, but I think I will be able to continue critiquing movies, and remain committed to my new responsibilities. So, was seeing Sully two weeks late worth the wait?

After landing a passenger plane in the Hudson River with no loss of life Sully, played by Tom Hanks, becomes heavily scrutinized by the Department of Transportation trying to hold him liable for financial losses.

Clint-Fucking-Eastwood is a living legend. Whether behind the camera or in front, the man knows what he is doing, and does it well. He is a model American and an even better Libertarian compared to that pipe-hitting moron Gary Johnson. He is a real life hero for his service in Korea and no one cuts through the bullshit of life to the hard honest truth better than he does.

Eastwood’s blatant honesty is most prevalent in his films. Sudden Impact, J. Edgar, Letters from Iwo Jima, and Gran Torino are blunt and straightforward about their subject matter, what they are trying to say, and are not shy about it. You know exactly what you are getting from the get-go. That being said, this sometimes leaves a lot to be desired.

On the one hand, you get what you paid for. On the other, you know what is coming, and there will be nothing more in between. Granted, Eastwood’s movies are extremely well made despite their run-of-the-mill stories. Gran Torino was a street youth movie, but it was far better put together than most. Letters from Iwo Jima stood out in the context of a war film and its portrayal of the Japanese. The only time I felt he veered away from his honesty was American Sniper with its plot punctuated by a pair of villain characters that did not make sense.

Sully, however, is so straightforward and to the point you have already seen it. He lands on the Hudson, is investigated, and comes out the hero. There is no manufactured drama, intense action beyond what actually happened, or events that deviate from history. Normally this would make any other film boring, but because Clint Eastwood was involved, Sully is one of the better movies this year. The acting is great with clean cinematography and editing that was enough to keep the film from being stale. I paid attention and I was looking forward to seeing how it would turn out, even though I knew what was going to happen.

Speaking of acting, is Tom Hanks incapable of being awesome? Even when he does not have much to go on with a character like Chesley Sullenberger, he does an exceptional job. He made Mazes and Monster kind of watchable and that was anti-role-playing propaganda. In Sully he is fantastic, while Aaron Eckhart keeps up not far behind.

If you like Clint Eastwood and his movies, you do not need me to tell you to go see his latest. It is the same honest and well-crafted work you expect from the man every American should strive to be. To the uninitiated that have never heard of the original bad-ass, shame on you and go see Sully. For once, maybe you will learn something useful.

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