Hello there, ladies and gentlemen! How’s your summer wrapping up? You know it’s never too early to start planning for Halloween, or… even those gifts. Time moves FTL, yes it does! Anyhoo, this weekend is the beginning of the fall movie season, so let’s see what’s happening in theaters. There better be at least one nice thing for you there, right?
If I’m ever on a flight, I want someone like Sullenberger as the pilot! And what a guy at that—he saves one hundred-fifty-five lives by sheer skill, and then deflects the resulting fame and publicity for his tremendous feat by saying that he was merely doing his job. How’s that for integrity? That makes me wonder… do you think our fascinating Presidential candidates can learn anything at all from this upstanding fella? Yeah, 86-year-old Clint Eastwood seems to have timed SULLY’s release remarkably well.
If you’re fuzzy on the details of this real-life event, here’s the scoop: US Airways Flight 1549 (‘Cactus’) flew into a flock of birds, and lost both engines. Within mere seconds Sully figured the best way to save the passengers, and executed it perfectly (recording here). But there was another hurdle awaiting our heroes after that… and that was still not all Sullenberger had on his plate.
SULLY’s script is fat-free, and Tom Hanks adds just the right amount of forthrightness to his role—just enough to put you in awe of the character of the pilot he portrays. Playing nicely off Hanks’ straight-laced Sully is Aaron Eckhart as the edgy first officer Jeff Skiles. Laura Linney has a couple of lines as Sullenberger’s wife, shown via some hurried phone calls. All in all, this is a great choice if you’re heading to the theaters. You won’t have any doubts about Hanks’ talent after you watch this flick. Hello, Oscar? Here’s the trailer:
WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS
The other big opener this weekend is WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS. You may find yourself thinking it isn’t breaking quickly enough when you watch this predictable snoozefest about a beautiful surrogate. John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall) are unable to have a child, and hire the gorgeous Anna (Jaz Sinclair) as a surrogate. Does anyone want to guess who she ends up fixating on? I really wish Cassar had made her have the hots for the other spouse, ya know? Kinda shake things up a bit? Nope, nope, too early for all that. Verdict: go for the eye candy. Otherwise, it’s good if you want to take a nap alongside strangers in a dark room. Here’s the trailer:
Alrighty then! That’s my spiel for this weekend. Tell me what you think! And see y’all at the movies!