Sully opened at the Telluride Film Festival and the reviews for the movie are in.
Clint Eastwood’s latest movie, Sully opened at the Telluride Film Festival. The movie was well appreciated and praised by the critics. There is no denying that Eastwood represents one of the pinnacles of excellence in movie making. Most of his work revolves around acknowledging true stories and real events. Sully is no different.
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Based on the book, “Highest Duty” by Capt. Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, the movie revolves around the US Airways Flight 1549 incident where Sully made a water landing in the Hudson River after a flock of birds blows out both engines. He is the last to get off the plane and finds that the world is divided in its opinion about his actions.
National Transportation Safety Board questions him about his landing and he is backed by his co-pilot Jeff Skiles played by Aaron Eckhart. Meanwhile the world praises him and lauds him as the hero for saving the 155 lives on-board the plane. We see the story from Sully’s perspective as both sides put him ill at ease and conscientious about whether he did the right thing.
He considers the scenario again and again thinking about whether the plane had enough thrust power to make it back to the airport or if they had turned back, they might have crashed into Manhattan.
According to THR and Variety, the attention that he gets also disturbs him and makes him uncomfortable, causing him to jog through the city and next to the river where he made the landing. Tom Hanks has performed his role beautifully. Playing older than his age, Hanks made it look effortless.
The real difference about this movie happened with its format though. The first ever Eastwood movie under a two hours, Sully’s visual effects, editing and the screenplay made it a worthwhile watch.
Screenwriter Todd Komarnicki have opted for a counter-intuitive approach for the entire movie. The details about the flight itself were kept on the back burner, concentrating on Sully’s life after the incident itself giving an emotional and humanly connection with the movie.
The flight scenes, shot by Tom Stern in great part with IMAX cameras, were also a credit to the movie as they added a magnificent sequence to watch throughout the movie.
The most impressive has to be Blu Murray who was promoted from assistant director for this movie to editor. She made the movie a 96 minute long, never a dull moment journey that was not only fast paced and exciting but also present an appeal for all audience.