I have wanted to see "Sully" ever since it was first announced. The true story behind it is really interesting, and I love Tom Hanks, so I rushed out to see it on opening night. Overall, I was ultimately pleased with this film.
The writing of the story was mostly really good. The narrative technique was interesting: the actual event was shown at varying lengths throughout the film in a series of flashbacks. Sometimes, some of the elements of the flashbacks don't really make sense in relation to the format of the storytelling, such as development of some of the passengers, however, it was relevant to the story and therefore, not a pressing error. The first time that the incident was shown wasn't particularly exciting, however, when the incident was shown later, it was much more suspenseful, likely as a result of the context. The characters are developed very well, especially Sully, and I think that Tom Hanks nailed the humility of the character.
There were a lot of other well-made things in this film too. The cinematography is phenomenal. During the scene of the incident, there are some beautiful shots showing the terrifying nature of the event, but there is also some great cinematography outside of the incident. One of my favorite shots in the film was through a reflective glass window, in which we are able to see Sully's reactions and the reflection of what Sully is seeing. It's brilliant. The score is also very good, but I don't particularly agree with the decision to not include score (or at least not to a notable extent) during the scene of the incident. They may have been going for realism, however, score may have added more suspense to the scene.
So overall, I really liked "Sully". I think that it is probably one of the strongest Oscar contenders, and I think it has what it needs in star power and distributor marketing to make the cut. I plan on seeing this movie again when it comes out on DVD.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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