Oscar buzz swirls in the aftermath of Clint Eastwood's latest picture Sully. But that doesn't mean there isn't a bit of drama. The film is being heavily criticized in various quarters for its maligning of those charged with investigating the impromptu landing on the Hudson River in New York. Both The Guardian and Ellwood City Ledger have taken the director to task. Intimating that the former Western star elbowed in his distaste for government bureaucracy at the expense of the facts.
Tom Hanks depicts veteran pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. The same pilot who miraculously managed to land US Airways flight 1549 back in January 2009. All 155 passengers on board escaped with nothing more than minor injuries. Taking the giant Airbus 320 into the freezing water before the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) followed through with regulation procedures months later.
Eastwood Makes Most Of "Based On True Story" License
Admitting that it is a challenge to create a complete motion picture on the events of 6 minutes in the air, Guardian critic Stephen Cass does believe that the body in charge of examining the flight were given duly unfair treatment.
"Sully has smeared this (NTSB) reputation for the sake of a hero who needed no defending," said Cass. "It will create a headwind in the minds of the public and policymakers that the NTSB will be struggling against for years to come."
With HNGN illustrating that early box office sales are in good health, investigators Charles Porter (Mike O'Malley), Ben Edwards (Jamey Sheridan) and Elizabeth Davis (Anna Gunn) were made to appear as though they were out to "stitch up Sully," when in reality they only wanted to get the pilot's account of what happened.
Controversy Never Far Away From Clint Eastwood
It is no secret that Clint Eastwood is a conservative. After all, no one who coins the iconic phrase "Go ahead - make my day" is afraid of running against the curve politically speaking. Following on from his infamous appearance at the 2012 Republican Convention, it seems like the Gran Torino star will continue being unapologetic in the way he talks off screen and filters his work on screen.
Many fans took umbrage with his support of candidate Donald J Trump, creating headlines that society is living in a "pussy generation" and for people to "Just get f***ing over it" in relation to racism. In that instance, kudos to those who inform him about their critique of Sully.