For the month of January, we watched Pete's Dragon and Sully. Pete's Dragon is a remake of the original 1977 Disney film, but it shares little to no resemblance to the musical classic. Instead, the new Pete's Dragon sets out on its own path, turning Pete into a feral boy and Elliot into a green fuzzball. It's a relatively simple film, and it's pretty cute, but it kind of feels like a rather safe film. Nothing new was brought to the table.
As for Sully, I was completely blown away. It very well could have been a generic, linear tale about an ensemble of characters who survived the "Miracle on the Hudson", but just as the title implies, this is all about the man himself, and Tom Hanks plays him subtly, yet powerfully. Structurally, this is an incredibly-tight, masterfully-told film. Assuming we already knew what happened, Sully picks up after the forced water landing. I love a film that cuts through the malarkey and gets right down to the meat of the story. The meat here is that while the public immediately labeled Sully a hero, it took the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) 15 months to believe it. In the second act, the events leading up to the forced water landing are shown via flashback, and there is a little ensemble action concerning a handful of passengers, but director Clint Eastwood doesn't let the film get bogged down in it.
We'd love to have you join us for our upcoming films in February! Keep checking our Facebook page to see what we'll be showing each month.