Sully Review

11 Sep


Clint Eastwood has done the impossible. The world gave him ten minutes of story, and he said “By God, I will make a whole movie with this, even if I have to show the same scene over and over again.” And that he did. Aided by the memory of 9/11 and by somehow-is-a-professional-writer Todd Komarnicki, Eastwood has crafted an ode to both American heroes and films that have no conceivable reason to exist. Thankfully devoid of unnecessary filmmaking tropes like tension, emotion, good dialogue, an interesting script, nice cinematography, competent editing, and characters we care about, Sully stays afloat through the use of its beautiful flashbacks. For instance, we find out that Sully once flew a plane as a kid, an integral piece of knowledge that makes this one of the most fulfilling movies of the year.

So yes, the movie does stay afloat, even if it’s in desperate need of sinking to the bottom of the Hudson River to never be seen again. These flashbacks pop in and out with no rhyme or reason, sparked up once in a while by hallucinations, quip attempts, or time spent with this fascinating supporting cast (did you know that one man on the flight likes to catch whatever babies throw? did you know some people were late?). This is some Magnolia-level intertwining of stories, folks. Truly incredible.

All of this builds up to a climax with the Big Bad NTSB, the terrifying villains of this story because every good story needs villains. This is where the movie flexes its dramatic chops, combining the excitement of looking at flight simulations with the wonder of seeing people talk to each other in a courtroom about those simulations. Without spoiling too much, the final line changes your perspective on the changing of seasons, and you come away from the movie a different person. I, for one, am glad that this flight didn’t go smoothly because I love when filmmakers subject us to ninety minutes of repetitive dullness.


-I have not been this baffled with a movie’s reception in a long time.

Photo credit: Sully, Warner Bros. Pictures


7 Responses to “Sully Review”

  1. Jay September 12, 2016 at 12:19 am #

    I haven’t liked anything by Clint Eastwood in a while, maybe ever, but my mom recommends this!

    • polarbears16 September 12, 2016 at 2:29 pm #

      Haha yes I’ve seen some people describe this as “your parents’ favorite movie”

  2. JustMeMike September 12, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

    Repetitive dullness. D+.

    Wow – this is about or close to the most negative review that I’ve seen from you. Since I’ve not seen the film yet, so I can’t really comment about your review’s details.

    I moved from NJ to Florida in May of 2008, and this plane went into the Hudson at some point in 2009. From the trailer, the plane was heading down river, and that would mean that an apartment complex that I lived in, right on river bank on the Jersey side of the Hudson, would be in view. I’ve already confirmed this from the trailer. It will be nice to see my former apartment in the film.

    So I’ll see the film any way. By the way, George Clooney, who seems to be following in Eastwood’s foot prints, has directed a few films, and the two most recent – The Monument Men, and The Ides of March did not garner critical acclaim. But Clooney has only done a small fraction of what Eastwood has done.

    • polarbears16 September 12, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

      Nice! That must be really fun to see something “real life” in a movie (of course this is a true story, but you know what I mean). I felt something similar during “Gravity” when they mentioned a town near me out of the blue.

      Monuments Men I was interested in based on mainly the cast, but the reviews turned me off. Never saw Ides of March.

    • polarbears16 September 12, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

      And yeah, I’m definitely in a very small minority regarding this film. My tastes don’t often diverge so drastically from the critics, but it does here.

  3. Hepburn3 September 15, 2016 at 5:25 am #

    I do hope the chair that Eastwood spoke to at that Republican Convention had a cameo?
    Hey PB, love your incredulous disdain for this, you made me laugh!
    I was NEVER going to see this film, it should have been an ABC after school special, and your review justifies my not seeing this nonsense. 🙂


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