Sully Movie Review

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I was really looking forward to Sully. I love Tom Hanks because, I mean, who doesn’t? I also love Clint Eastwood. Sure, he has some misses, but when a man in his 80s churns quality movies out the way Clint Eastwood does I can’t help but admire it. I also really love Aaron Eckhart. I thought the trailer was fantastic, and I actually didn’t know that there was controversy in this story. I thought that Captain Sullenberger landed his plane in the Hudson, saved everyone on board, and was a hero to 100% of people out there. I guess that wasn’t the case, so I was definitely interested to see how it actually played out. Let’s talk about Sully!

Sully is directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart. After hitting birds and losing both engines on his commercial US Airways plane, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger decides that the only way to save everyone is to put the plane in the Hudson River. He may have saved the lives of all 155 people on board, but did he really make the right decision?

I’m so happy with Sully. I really enjoyed the movie, and Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks both stay perfectly on track. I don’t need to tell you this, but Tom Hanks was fantastic. His performance wasn’t one that saw a career defining moment or a moment where he completely stole the scene with a big action. It was a very laid back and straightforward performance, and it works for the best because I bought this character, and it seems like he did justice to the real man and how he interacts with others. I also thought that Aaron Eckhart was very good in this movie. Aaron Eckhart quietly delivers amazing performances time and time again, and he’s so great in this movie. He has great one liners, and his comedy works really well in a movie that has an extremely serious and anxiety filled tone at times. He seems like the kind of person you would want right at your side as your plane lands in a river. Both of these are perfectly complimented by how Clint Eastwood handles characters. I think that he is one of the best at building characters and tying us emotionally to them, and again, he does such a great job with it in this movie. There was more tension and heart in this movie than I really expected, and I walked out more emotionally affected than I expected. I thought that this story was very interesting because I did not know about the aftermath of the landing, and it fed the emotional impact of the movie.

There were a few things I didn’t like about Sully, and they’re headlined by what is going on with his wife back home. Multiple times in the movie, we see what is going on with Sully’s wife at his home, and I didn’t really buy those scenes. It didn’t feel like they carried any weight other than to make Sully a little bit more of a family man and a good husband. In fact, he mentions that he has a wife in the film, and that probably would have been good enough for me. Finally, I can’t tell if I like the way a lot of the shots are lit. Clint Eastwood does such an incredible job building characters, and I know that this is Sully’s movie, but when you build a character as well as Aaron Eckhart’s character is built, I want to be able to see him as well. I felt like the film put a spotlight on Sully, and when I wanted to hear from other characters it didn’t matter as much. The lighting made the characters feel irrelevant, and I liked the characters, so it bothered me a little bit.

Overall, I really liked Sully, and as I mentioned, I was definitely more emotional in this movie than I expected to be. On top of the fact that I can’t dislike Tom Hanks, I couldn’t see anyone being against Sully, so I immediately took his side and never left it. I kind of had a hard time watching this man go through something like this when he really did save everyone on-board. I thought that the rest of the cast also did an excellent job behind Tom Hanks, and Aaron Eckhart continued to quietly deliver amazing performances. I like the way that Sully is constructed and edited, and when that is combined with the characters and story, this becomes a very likable film. I feel like the movie ran off the train tracks in this scene’s with Captain Sullenberger’s wife, and I still have a difficult time with the way some of the shots are lit, but I really did like Sully. I’m going to give it an 8/10.

Will you be headed out to see Sully this weekend? Comment down in the comment section and let me know! This is probably going to be the only review out for this week’s movies unless I hear good things about The Disappointments Room, but after hearing amazing things about Hell or High Water, I had to check it out to get a review out, so I have a review for that on the way. As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at