Movie Review: “Sully”

“Sully” chronicles the heroic efforts of US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger who landed his disabled aircraft successfully in the Hudson River, saving all 155 passengers on board. “Sully” is backed with star power as Tom Hanks plays the protagonist and it is directed by the 86-year-old icon, Clint Eastwood.

Before I give you my views on it, I would like to mention an unnamed movie critic that said this about Eastwood’s “Sully,” – “[Eastwood’s] politics may be unduly coloring his films, and it’s becoming distracting.”

Might I suggest, esteemed critic, that Eastwood’s politics isn’t coloring his movies more than your politics are coloring your idiotic reviews. I hate to even give this lunacy a mention except to say if you find something politically unsettling about “Sully” then you have some serious problems.

“Sully” is exactly the type of movie we, as a country, need at this time. A reminder that there are heroes, real-life heroes, who do extraordinary things which are colored by race, politics, or any of the other issues which so often divide us. It’s a story about a man who simply did his job, and in doing so, saved a lot of lives in the most humblest of ways.

Hanks gives a terrific, understated performance. The mixed feelings, the doubts, the second guesses come across effectively to build the makings of as tense of a human drama as you can make without there actually being a tragedy.

Eastwood’s direction deftly juxtaposes the past and present to show a two-pronged approach to the story, while mixing in just a tad of Sully’s backstory as a boy and Captain fighter pilot.

The two tiered tension is first on the plane and it’s miraculous landing, but the main conflict of the film lies with the NTSB, which while doing its due diligence in investigating the craft, sets up a wedge between itself and Sully, peaking at the dramatic hearings which reveal if Sully was indeed a hero or simply a pilot who made the wrong call at the wrong time.

It’s all right to walk away from a movie feeling inspired once in a while. It’s okay to realize that life isn’t always a disaster, and that there are people who do the miraculous. We call them heroes. And the world is better off because of them. Just ask the other 154 who were on that flight. I think they would agree.

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