Sully is a biographical drama directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney and Tom Hanks who plays Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who performed the emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in 2009 in which all 155 passengers and crew survived. The story of this film focuses on the landing as well as the subsequent publicity and investigation and how it impacted Sullenberger.
My Knowledge and Expectation of Sully
I remember when this event happened and the intense media coverage surrounding it. It was dubbed as the “Miracle on the Hudson” and I was interested to see if this film could effectively tell this story. My confidence about how good Sully would be was boosted thanks to the talented people involved in the making of this film. Certainly, Clint Eastwood has proven what a great director he is in addition to his prowess as an actor.
Films he has directed such as Unforgiven, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino among many others prove that he is a force to be reckoned with when telling stories. Additionally, having Tom Hanks is enough to give any film a chance of being great. As you can see, this film had a lot going for it. An interesting true-life story, a great director and a great actor in the lead role meant that Sully had all the right ingredients to be good.
My Thoughts on Sully
I am happy to say that Sully does not disappoint. This is a good film for several reasons. For me personally, the main reason why this film is good is because it is has been crafted very well.
Indeed, Sully is paced well thanks to the non-linear storytelling and the running time is perfect. The film does not drag and I give a lot of credit to Eastwood for telling this story in such a way that you are always connected to the story and never feel bored. I also liked how Sully celebrates the heroic acts of normal people and how people can come together in difficult situations.
Another great strength of Sully was the performances. Certainly, Hanks is very good in the lead but, for me, Aaron Eckhart gave my favourite performance in this film. He provides levity in what is a very serious film, especially as it brings up issues such as PTSD. You need Eckhart’s character, who was the co-pilot to Sullenberger, to bring some light relief and comedic moments which gives the film a soul.
Overall, all of the talent involved come together to make a very good film which tells an uplifting story about the heroism of normal people. Eastwood effectively directs the film and tells the story in such a way that you are constantly engaged in the story while Hanks and Eckhart give good performances which, in the end, makes Sully a very worthwhile film to see.