Director: Clint Eastwood
Writers: Todd Komarnicki, Chesley Sullenberger, Jeffrey Zaslow
Cast: Tom Hanks (Sully Sullenberger), Aaron Eckhart (Jeff Skiles), Laura Linney (Lorraine Sullenberger), Mike O’Malley (Charles Porter), Anna Gunn (Elizabeth Davis)
Running time: 96 minutes
Feel free to add Sully to the gigantic Tom Hanks list of movie hits right now. Clint Eastwood’s film on the events surrounding the Miracle on the Hudson happened to fit perfectly with Hanks’ acting abilities. This is one of the many good things this film has going for it. Just how good was Sully? Read my review!
I thought that Sully was far superior to Bridge of Spies when comparing the Tom Hanks performances in the films. Hanks was magnificent throughout the film and it shows that he’s still a top rate actor. Age isn’t slowing him down at all. I also think that Hanks was perfect for the role, he definitely looked the part and played it well too.
As for the other actors in Sully, they did an okay job. The only one really worth noting was Aaron Eckhart. Eckhart did a great job as Sully’s co-pilot Jeff Skiles. He seemed like the comedic relief of the movie to me because a lot of his lines were funny. Eckhart always does a good job in the movies he’s in and Sully was no exception. I’ve heard some people say that he was bad in his role but I definitely disagree with that. Sully was definitely carried by the two main actors though.
The screenplay had a lot to do with the success of the film. Sully was based off of Chesley’s memoir Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters. Sully’s screenplay was tight and focused; having source material probably helped with that though. The characters in it were well written and realistic.
The visual effects in Sully were amazing. The plane looked real when it was flying in the air and the landing scene was spectacular. There weren’t that many scenes that needed cgi, but when they used it, the result was great. Credit to the people who worked on the landing scenes because they were stellar.
The main problem I had with the film was the dream sequences in it. I know they were kind of integral to Sully’s thought process, but I hate them. They are unnecessary in most of the films that they’re in. In Sully they were only used as his fears of what could have occurred that day. The dream sequences in Sully actually have a point, but I still don’t like it when they’re used in movies.
Sully was a very well made biopic that gave insight into Chesley Sullenberger’s life surrounding his miraculous water landing(not crash) on the Hudson. I applaud Clint Eastwood’s vision for the film, it turned out really well. It was weird to me that Sully didn’t think that he was a hero, but I got a clearer picture of his thought process later in the film. In his mind, he was just doing his job.
I give Sully a….
3.5 out of 4