Diana Vacc sees “Sully”

by Diana Vaccarelli

*Warning: this review may contain spoilers!*

sullyFrom Blockbuster/Tentpole Season to Award Season. The earth keeps turning, and Hollywood’s studios are putting out their best work as each tries to garner the top awards.

Sully tells the true story of the “Miracle on the Hudson” when  pilot Chesley Sullenberger became a hero after he made an emergency landing of his limping jetliner on the river and saved everyone on board.

THE GOOD:

  • The acting by Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart as Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his Co-Pilot Jeff Skiles kept me engaged and rooting for the characters. Their chemistry as friends and co-workers completely worked. I definitely felt that they’d been working together for years.
  • The story was particularly interesting because of one of the most controversial things about it: The addition of fictional material regarding the FAA investigation of the landing. The film has gotten some static for supposedly “over-emphasizing” the idea that the investigators were “targeting” Sully, but for me this definitely amped up the tension. Literary license in action!
  • The Direction by Clint Eastwood made me feel as though I was a part of the flight and its aftermath. This fellow knows his stuff. I foresee a big future for Mr. E.

THE BAD: 

  • The pace of the film was slow and the focus drifted all over the place. The film kept backtracking from the investigation to the flight and then back again, over and over, and at times it was way too confusing.

Overall, I give this film 3 out of 5 stars.  Interesting but unfocused. (Maybe that reminded me too much of my own life?!)

HAPPY AWARDS SEASON! Enjoy the Movies!