Sully was one of last year’s best films (and in a weaker year would have received a lot more awards attention). Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks teamed to bring one of the most astounding true life stories in recent memory to life by doing a very un-Hollywood thing: they didn’t glamorize it. If you watch the documentaries and compare it to the film, there’s only embellishment to make it believable. Sully was actually CALMER than Hanks, who only amped it up a slight notch. The crash scene is meticulously recreated. Eastwood knew he didn’t have to give the story any more glitz, because “The Miracle on the Hudson” was already a miracle. It didn’t need a pounding score or extra complications.
My favorite scene is where you really understand how extraordinary Sully’s quick decision-making and piloting skills are: during the NTSB hearing when he challenged results showing he could have done anything other than what he did. We all know the range of Hanks. He can literally do anything onscreen, but it takes a seasoned actor to mimic the restraint of the real hero and let that power carry the scene. As a bonus, if you missed Hanks reprising his role on Sully on Saturday Night Live , I’m including that as well because 1) it’s hilarious and 2) it shows the massive Hanksian range I just mentioned when compared to the film.
Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Sully (2016) “The Human Factor”
There aren’t many feel-good stories in the world in which we live. It’s a sad fact of modern life that most of the news we hear is bad, and even events that can be considered triumphs by some have a downside for another group. In January 2009, America got an honest-to-God miracle, and an authentic hero. No qualifications, no asterisk, nothing but one of the most amazing stories in aviation history put the right man in the right cockpit to save 155 lives in a spectacularly-executed water landing of a passenger jet on the Hudson River. Over seven years later, the event dubbed “The Miracle on the Hudson” is a feature film helmed by director Clint Eastwood with Tom Hanks portraying the man in the pilot’s seat for the incredible hair-raising flight: Captain Sully Sullenberger. Continue reading Movie Review: Sully (2016) *Relive the Miracle on the Hudson*
Road to Perdition is one of my favorite films, period. It’s also one of the most criminally underrated and overlooked films of all-time and Paul Newman’s last performance in his peerless career. To give context to those who may have not seen the film (and it’s worth buying because you’ll watch it again and again; perhaps even with the sound off just to marvel at the best cinematography I’ve ever seen in a motion picture) this is a quiet scene. My favorite scenes in movies tend to be ones between two characters, beautifully written, paid for-and given extra weight by-the bigger and louder scenes that surround it. Perdition is about a mob hit man (Hanks) who goes on the run from the mob boss who raised him (Newman) after the hit man’s young son witnesses one of his assassinations. After gunfire, chases, and chaos, Hanks slips into Newman’s church and asks to talk one last time. This is their conversation. Not only is it beautifully dialogue brilliantly delivered, it is, in a larger sense, a passing of the torch. Newman, the greatest actor of his lifetime, passing the torch to Hanks, arguably the greatest of his. It is the pivot point in a film about fathers and sons, to watch this foster father send away his preferred child in favor of his biological one. Both know the next time they see each other, one is going to die. Scenes simply don’t get better than this.