Gradebook: Sully


This Gradebook is for the Clint Eastwood film, Sully

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Mark Krawczyk: Sully (8/10)

Hanks puts in a great performance as Sully. The story follows more of the fallout from his impossible landing. You see him struggle with the unexpected attention, the nightmares from what COULD have happened, and starting to second guess the decisions he made that led to landing in the Hudson. It is a swift moving biopic that has a great supporting cast and excellent direction. Overall it is worth the price of admission and it does not overstay its welcome at a run time of under 100 minutes.

Daniel Rester: Sully (8.3/10)

This is a nail-biting and expertly crafted film from Clint Eastwood detailing the “Miracle on the Hudson.” Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart are both terrific in the lead roles, while some of the supporting cast doesn’t fare as well. The screenplay has different angles of the event, flashbacks, dream sequences, and details of the aftermath of the situation, yet it all still feels balanced. This is especially impressive since the film is a brisk 96 minutes in length. “Sully” is smart, inspiring, and dramatic.

Zachary S. Marsh: Sully (8.8/10)

Despite having unnecessary subplots, randomly placed flashbacks, and some questioning editing choices, Sully gets the job done and tells one hell of an interesting story about a true American hero. Tom Hanks gives a restrained yet powerful performance that is, in my eyes, one of the best he’s given in recent memory. Aaron Eckhart shines as well, and the scenes between him and Hanks are great to watch. The plane sequence is executed extremely well, the film itself is directed and shot well, and as a whole doesn’t disappoint. It reminded me of American Sniper in a way, mainly due to how the film shows Sully’s PTSD and nightmares about the event. The use of IMAX cameras during the film’s entirety add a more cinematic and immersive effect to the story in my eyes, which makes it worth checking out in if you’re willing to shell out a few bucks more. It’s not a perfect movie, but it’s still yet another great directorial effort by Clint Eastwood that I highly recommend checking out.


Tony Estrada: Sully (7.5/10)

An interesting biopic that does a solid job of telling the true story of Sully landing in the Hudson River which happened back in 2009. Clint Eastwood may be aging but he still proves that he can make engaging motion pictures like Sully. Tom Hanks, as cliched as it may sound, gives an excellent performance showing us how much Sully doubted himself because of some people viewing him as an irresponsible person. Aaron Eckhart and other performances were really good and the film does a brilliant job of going back and forth to the day of the perilous event to what happened before, during, and after the event. Sully is a well-written and well-directed film that respects this true story making it another hit for Tom Hanks and another hit for Clint Eastwood in his filmography as director.

Austin Putnam: Sully (7.5/10)

At 86 Clint Eastwood proves he can still make good films. After American Sniper, Eastwood once again goes the biopic route and tells the riveting story about Chesley Sullenburger crash landing a plane into the Hudson. Tom Hanks once again gives an outstanding performance proving that no matter how big of a star he is, he completely looses himself in a role. Aaron Eckhart gives a solid performance as Jeff Skiles while also throwing in some really good humor. The best parts of the film came in when they explored the crash and the investigative elements. To me those parts were the most riveting. Not to mention the film is shot beautifully, taking great advantage of the IMAX format. Some scenes feel out of place like flashbacks that inserted out of no where and scenes that concentrate on Sully talking to his wife. Nonetheless, Sully is a well done biopic.

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