Richard Jewell (2019)


“I’m sorry the world has gone insane. ” – Watson Bryant

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Jan 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After an aspiring policeman working as a security guard saves a crowd at the Atlanta Olympics from a terrorist attack, he slowly becomes the main suspect.

My Take on it –I have always been a fan of films directed by Clint Eastwood and was really looking forward to seeing this film when I first heard about it.

Even as he is closing in on being 90 years young, Eastwood is still able to churn out great films and this always amazes me.

They film does a great job of presenting this story and they do it in a way that allows us to try and see both sides of this story; the truth and the fabrication.

They manage to develop the characters really well and we can empathize with their motivations throughout.

What’s great tho is that due to the way that we get to see the character’s motivations, also allows us to get a better understanding of why both sides claim to be in the right here.

The standout performance in this film is obviously Paul Walter Hauser as the title character.

Sam Rockwell and Kathy Bates help keep this story grounded with their characters which helps make this story even more enjoyable to watch as it unfolds in directions that seem completely unpredictable.

Bates was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work in this film despite the fact that her character is the weakest of the three mentioned above.

This film does a wonderful job presenting the way that the media has always tried to sensationalize the news.

This movie shows on a very deep level to lengths that reporters and the news are willing to go in order to get the story.

At the same time, that also affects the amount of influence they have when reporting the news which in turn has a very strong correlation to the way that the public’s perception and opinion of people and events is created via their reports on them.

Bottom Line – Eastwood once again shows how even at his age, he is such a great director.  The story is presented really well and we get a clear idea of both sides of this story’s debate. The characters are developed really well which also allows us to wonder about everything that is transpiring.  The standout in this film is obviously Hauser in the title role, but both Rockwell and Bates help keep the story grounded and focused the whole way through. Bates was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work in this film.  As a story about how the media has always sensationalized the news, this film works on a very deep level in gaining the understanding of how much influence the media has on the public’s perception of people and events. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – All of the Atlanta Olympic Games logos in the film are missing the 5 rings. The International Olympic Committee denied the use of the rings for copyright protection and to “protect the use of the iconic emblem”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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4 thoughts on “Richard Jewell (2019)

  1. Agree with you on all. I was surprised Bates got nominated and not happy that Hauser did not. Personally, I would have nominated him over DiCaprio in the Tarantino film.

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