In 2016, the notion of going to see a film because of the actor or actress starring in it seems like a thing of the past. I don’t know if that’s down to the lead actors now being less important in the overall scheme of things or whether they are simply less talented than the stars of Hollywood’s past, but that’s how I see it.
With very few exceptions, movies starring Tom Hanks tend to be good, and they are always well acted.
So when I saw a poster for his newest movie – Sully – about the pilot who landed a passenger jet on the Hudson River, I knew it would be worth seeing.
And it was.
Sully is an engrossing retelling of the events of January 15th 2009 and does a good job both of detailing the actual events of the splash landing and the aftermath and enquiries into it. The latter point is important because in itself, the story of how the plane came to land on the Hudson isn’t worthy of a movie. It’s worthy of being revisited as a visual spectacle, but not of being a movie in its own right.
The main draw here is the character of Chelsea “Sully” Sullenburger and how he dealt with the situation and its aftermath.
And to come full circle, what makes that main draw work is that Tom Hanks is – as usual – excellent.
This is a movie you should definitely seek out.