I had quite the predicament this past weekend. I was on my way to the theatre and I still had no clue what I was going to see. Hell or High Water was showing (which I've been wanting to see for a second time), Sully was showing, and Snowden was showing. And in the end I was leaning towards just seeing Hell or High Water again, but then I was informed that the showing had been pushed back two hours for whatever reason. So I decided to flip a coin and what-do-ya know, Sully won. And while I didn't expect a whole lot, I came out of the theatre pretty damn satisfied.
The plot of Sully is interesting, but most normal people that watch the news will know what the main story of this movie is before they see it. What makes this movie interesting, though, is how it doesn't focus on just the flight. Sully also focuses on the investigation following the crash. It gives us some insight into something that wasn't as widely covered in the media, and it's actually quite compelling. I ended up getting pretty invested into the movie, and I was surprised when the credits rolled because it didn't feel like it had already been an hour and a half. We all know the story, but it's told in a way that will hold your attention until the end.
Tom Hanks portrays Sully pretty well even though I don't think he looks all that similar to the real Sully. His performance is authentic and pretty damn accurate based on interviews I've watched with the real Sully. Oh yeah, Aaron Eckhart portrays co-pilot Jeff Skiles extremely well and is probably the most underrated part of this film. Great acting on his part.
This is one of those movies that doesn't particularly appeal to one specific audience. It's not necessarily a movie that I'd take my younger kid to because they probably won't be all that interested. I also wouldn't go see it if I were going on a date. But if you just want to see an entertaining movie with a decent story, or if you are a fan of biopics, you should definitely see this movie while it's out in theaters.
I don't have that much to say about this movie because there isn't a whole lot to say about it. It's a solid movie that doesn't really have any major problems, but with that being said, I don't think it's the best movie of the year or even in the top three. The performances are great, the story is compelling, and the directing is exceptional, but there is still something missing that will ultimately hold it back from being one of the best films of the year. Anyway, Sully is definitely worth the price of admission at your local theatre, so go see it if you get a chance.