“Sully” Stays Afloat

sullySully” is directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, and Mike O’Malley. The film is based on the true story of Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, the pilot who successfully landed a plane on the Hudson River with 155 people on board.

This is a film I have been heavily anticipating, with Hanks starring and Eastwood directing on such an amazing story, I had the highest of hopes coming in. Also, the trailers showed some surprising glimpses of the landing on the Hudson, so I was dying to see how great that would look in IMAX.

The Good

Tom Hanks as the title character is excellent, as always. Hanks is one of the greatest actors of all-time, so it’s no surprise that he nails this character through and through. As Sully, Hanks is believable as both the pilot and the man out of the cockpit, giving the character some real emotional depth, as well as some exceptional line delivery.

The supporting cast is, for the most part, also solid. Aaron Eckhart is great as co-pilot Jeff Skiles here, bringing a good blend of comedy and drama when needed. I also liked Mike O’Malley as Charles Porter, the man leading the investigation of Sullenberger. O’Malley may be portrayed on the negative side more, but I don’t think he was unfairly portrayed, as he does good work as a man who simply is being told to investigate the situation.

In a film where three and a half minutes were the selling point, there are some really strong moments outside of the Hudson landing that are truly special, and that’s all due to Hanks. Hanks single-handedly keeps this movie compelling much more than it should have been, and this may be a performance worthy of award recognition.

Speaking of those three and a half minutes, when the flight is finally shown in its full capacity, it is an incredible sight to see. The visual effects are flawless, the scenes are gripping, and these moments are the highlight of the whole film.

The Bad

Unfortunately, I was not a massive fan of how the film decided to use these flight scenes. First off, while they looked awesome, dream sequences were lazy, and so I could have gone without both of the dreams that occur in this movie. But going back to the actual Hudson landing, the first time the flight is shown, it is shown in a perspective that doesn’t do justice to how crazy the whole event was. By the second and third times the movie goes through the flight, it gets progressively more phenomenal, but I was so amped the first time it came up, that I couldn’t help but be slightly disappointed at the POV that Clint Eastwood decided to use.

Of the entire supporting cast, I was not a fan of the performance by Laura Linney as Sully’s wife, Lorraine. Linney is just not very likable as the wife, and I don’t think that’s the point. She doesn’t act very supportive of her husband who, oh I don’t know, JUST SAVED 155 PEOPLE, and while also just acting bizarre throughout the entire runtime.

This movie is just never as compelling as it should be. Not that the film is boring or not interesting, the story is one that’s absolutely worth telling, but the story is done in such a way that I never found myself emotionally attached to anyone on board besides Sully, and the investigation never felt all that interesting overall. There was also never really that moment that tugged at my heartstrings, even though I kept hoping it would come.

Also, just don’t like how the film ends. It’s pretty abrupt, feels rather awkward, and just seems like it’s missing some sort of emotional punch that it really could have benefitted from.

Conclusion

“Sully” is lifted by a tremendous Tom Hanks performance and an incredible true story, as well as some gorgeously done scenes involving the crash on the Hudson River. While the film didn’t live up to my lofty expectations due to a lack of genuine emotion and some issues keeping my intrigue all the way through, “Sully” is a solid movie, and does justice to the Hero on the Hudson.Badge-7

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