Direction: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney
Music: Christian Jacob
Cinematographer: Tom Stern
Editor: Blu Murray
Genre: Biography, Drama
What is it about: It’s a biographical drama based on the autobiography “Highest Duty” by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. The film throws an honest light on “Miracle on Hudson”, this film is directed by Clint Eastwood.
Why it’s disappointing: This could stay put for this movie.
What to watch out for: The film is very calm and poised which implores the facts with great diligence. Director Clint Eastwood is known for his peculiar approach to the stories he handle and this one is no exception. He keeps the essence intact with no tampering from the original, which makes this drama one of the well-presented one.
When you put Tom Hanks in the hands of Clint Eastwood, what else can you expect, perfection. The film travels at a steady pace focusing on the subject without divulging in to the traps of clichés.
Tom Hanks delivers another solid one, where he convinces that he’s not acting but he’s that character. And Aaron Eckhart supports it with witty humour. The rest of the supporting cast did their best in carving a great ensemble.
The film has its moments and especially the hearing scene. The actors play out their best bringing in applause from the audience.
Let’s get to the technical aspects of “Sully”. The cinematography was at its best, Tom Stern gives a bird’s eye view of Hudson River and brings you close to the structures. And his delectable cinematography was well backed with a sharp edit from Blu Murray.
The film was presented in IMAX 2D format, which I would say is one of the best format to watch an IMAX film. The feature was a bliss to watch on IMAX, and the icing on the cake is, it was filmed with IMAX cameras. And that made this one a spectacular watch, and puts you right in the cockpit and makes you feel the rush watching it on the large format. That was well mixed with a crisp sound mix breaking the low frequencies with a shattering effect.
Verdict: Clint Eastwood is a master of dramas, and this one is another addition in that list. A combination of Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood works great on screen with great performance and narration. The film has a straight forward and honest approach and doesn’t bring theatrics to please the audience, but keeps the reality in mind and gives you a good dosage of quality cinema. Definitely worth a watch and especially catch this on IMAX to experience the crash landing on Hudson River.