Sully: Miracle on the Hudson Film Review

Whilst on honeymoon in America we had some downtime and were able to catch a film. We had watched Bridget Jones’ Baby (review to come) earlier in the day and so came Sully after dinner.

If you are thinking we watched a film about the purple and blue monster from Monsters Inc then you would be wrong. Do you remember that time a commercial plane landed in the Hudson about 7 years ago?

Sully follows the story of that day and the actions of Pilots Captain Chesley Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles.

Some may say that we were stupid to watch Sully, a film about a plane crash. Especially two days before we ourselves traveled home but as I said to my husband; ‘Hey! Everyone survived though!’

As we sat in the near empty cinema (it was a small town) I thought about how much I actually remembered of the crash. The answer? Nothing! I just remember screenshots from the news of the plane in the water.

As with most films I presumed this would start with the crew and passengers at the beginning of the day and we’d watch the events unfold. However, it wasn’t like that. The film began AFTER it had all happened and we watched Sully and Jeff only talking about it. It did get to the point where I thought that they weren’t going to show the crash at all, it probably would have kept production costs down.

The film is not due for release in the UK until 2nd December 2016 so I have been able to see it 3 months early which was not something I realised until I sat down to write this review. With that in mind, I will make sure that it’s a non-spoilerific review although if you want to you can read all about it in the news.

miracle on the hudson plane crash sully reviewI thought that Tom Hanks did a stellar job in this role as Sully. No surprise there. He made you care about how Sully and the crew were affected by the plane crash. Especially the part where not all heroes feel like that’s what they are. It’s odd to see Hanks with white hair, like a flash forward into the future that just made you think; ‘Man, I wish he was my granddad!’

The way Hanks approaches the role reminds you why he is a multi-award winning actor. You would honestly think that he knew how to fly a plane and had 40 year’s of experience. His chemistry with Aaron Eckhart is shown brilliantly as that of a brotherly bond. I think that’s a bond you’d have had had you been through that together.

Aaron Eckhart plays First Officer Jeffery Skiles, Sully’s literal wingman and the source of much of the humour in the film. I thought that he played his character so well despite the little screen development time of the character also had it not been based on a real event, seemed mainly there to be Sully’s sounding board so that Sully was not constantly monologing or having flashbacks.

Sully film review Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart

If you are looking for an action packed, plot twisting movie then Sully is probably not for you. The film plays as a tribute to an American hero, for Americans and by Americans, but don’t let that stop you. I found the film really enjoyable and I thought it was funny and touching, especially the relationship between the pilots. The plane landing scene was dramatic, visually stunning as well as truly amazing and if you’ve got 90 minutes to spare then I would definitely suggest that you go see this film maybe just don’t get on a plane two days later.

My rating: 8/10 – Really interesting and worth a watch!

Have you seen Sully? What did you think?


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