(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)
Sully is a very good film that deals with the concept of being a humanistic hero and dealing with the hate from certain people that tarnish for heroism, and it shows how true heroes come out on top!!!
Rating: 4.5 Stars
I believe Tom Hanks is one of the greatest actors in not only our generation, but the generation before as well. When you think about the most iconic movies of recent film history, I’m willing to bet at least one movie starred Tom Hanks. Just to name a few, you have Philadelphia, Forest Gump, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, Big, Toy Story, Cast Away, Captain Phillips and most recently, Bridge of Spies. A lot of these movies mentioned are Oscar nominated films in which he has won best actor in. The guy can act effectively in whatever role he is given. In the future, we can look back in film history and Tom Hanks will be front and center. I mean, people still say his most famous quotes today like, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get,” or “Houston, we have a problem,” or even, “Wilson!!!” I have enjoyed his movies, and if he is in it, I will watch it cuz I know it will be good. With this film, Sully, about the miracle of the US Airways Flight 1549 crash, I knew this will be a good movie to watch and enjoy. It’s Tom Hanks, there is no doubt whatsoever.
What I Like: The biggest thing that blew me away about this film is the action scene of the plane crashing into the Hudson River. The CGI was real as it can get. I mean the way the flock of birds crashed on the plane was very creepy like, and how it crashed into the water was awesome to see on screen. For a movie directed by Clint Eastwood, it is something completely different that what we’re used to with him behind the camera. Usually his movies deal with very gritty and rough characters, but for this film it was lighter in tone with some cool action graphics. It surprised me to see in the credits that Eastwood directed, and it became a breathe of fresh air for his films. As for the main character of Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, played by Tom Hanks, who successfully landed the plane on the Hudson River in New York City with everyone surviving was a fun character to watch. I like how Hanks played Sully as a cool, calm, and collected even during the whole ordeal of landing the plane with two engines out. During the whole time, he never panicked. He kept his cool, and made the right decisions in saving all these peoples. He is regarded as a hero to a lot of people. I liked how his character showed vulnerability during his dream visions where he second guesses himself after the accident of whether he did the right thing or not. With all that, in the end, he was confident in defending himself during the hearing, and always kept his calm demeanor in dealing with the media and his family. I also enjoyed the chemistry between Sully and his co-pilot, Jeff Skiles played by Aaron Eckhart, and how he supports him through everything he is going through in the aftermath of the plane crash and was his voice of encouragement. The main theme I liked in this film is even though Sully was treated as a hero he still had an enemy dealing with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) who is investigating Sully if he did the right thing in landing the plane in the Hudson River instead of an airport. The way the NTSB were acting towards Sully were very rude and pompous towards Sully even though he saved all 155 passengers. It showed me that if you are a human hero, there is always someone or something that can give you negativity and try to ruin your fame and train of thought. As the movie shows, that true heroes can overcome that obstacle of negativity and still come out on top. As it showed in the end of the film with the hearing from the NTSB, and how Sully defended himself with great confidence and showed everyone that he did do the right thing, and truly is a human hero. The way he convinced the people at the hearing that he made the choice with true human error, instead of what the flight simulators showed was very cool and unique for an argument that really worked in his favor.
The So So: When i saw the trailer for this movie, I was concerned that the story reminded me a lot of the film Flight. In a way it was, but the difference is that it is a true story, and it dealt with a character who didn’t do anything wrong, yet still felt guilty and anxious with everything that happened. The ending ended with a happier fell to it, than the movie Flight (which is also a good film). Movies with positive endings tend to be more memorable than the ones with sad endings in my opinion.
What I Didn’t Like: I thought the story structure could be better. It started with Sully having the negative dreams of the plane crashing, and dealing with the NTSB. It wasn’t until the middle of the film where the actual plane crash was shown, and the film showed the same crash three different times which kind of got repetitive. All the times they showed the plane crash was in a memory or dream sequence, and it got a bit choppy in trying to watch this action scene executed.
Overall: This is another film where we see Tom Hanks at his finest in acting. Another unique role in a very good movie. As we headed to the season of Oscar movie potential, I’m not sure if this film has what it takes to get nominations. We’ll see as the season progresses. With that said, it is a good drama to watch and enjoy, and see what a true human hero is all about!!!
Rating: 4.5 Stars
(Sidenote: The Family Fang- A film with a pretty good cast should be good to watch right? Sometimes it can be a disaster, and wasted roles for these actors. I did not understand what is the main focus of this movie was about, and bottom line, it just got too boring for my liking. The only good thing is the acting from this movie that featured Nicole Kidman, Jason Bateman (who directed this movie), and Christopher Walken. It had some good acting moments between them, but the the rest of the it didn’t back up the good acting whatsoever. For a comedy, it wasn’t funny at all, the drama had no point, and it was also too weird with an underdeveloped story. Disappointing is an understatement for this film!!!
Rating: 2 Stars)