Richard Jewell (2019)

Directed by Clint Eastwood

Starring Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Paul Walter Hauser

I love Clint Eastwood as a director, for bad or for good, he is able to touch emotions in the audience and tell human stories. Films like Million Dollar Baby that left me so sad at the end, but it was a powerful story, Mystic River, Changeling, American Sniper are examples of his great work as a director. As I saw this film I had to look at footage of what happened in Atlanta that year because I did not remember the event or heard about Jewell and what he went through.

The story is about Richard Jewell, he wants to works in law enforcement, and because of how or who he and he is never taken seriously. But he does try to do what is right. He is assigned to work security in a musical event in the Olympics of 1996 when he discovers a strange backpack left beneath a bench. It turned out to be a bomb and he saved a lot of people. When an old boss who did not like him talks to the FBI they start investigating him and the press leaks it and he becomes the target of the FBI and the media.

What a sad story, there is a scene where his lawyer says that Jewell is being the target of two powerful mediums: the government and the media. How true is that and it is worse today, how a joke on social media can cause a person to commit suicide because of what is said. That is another subject not related to this film. I became just as frustrated by how the FBI tried to fool him in order to simply save face and get someone, and also at the reporter who stopped at nothing just to get a story. Finally, an Eastwood movie that did not leave entirely sad, but I was moved to tears at the end, but I am sentimental and more when I see stories about good people being treated unfairly.

Sam Rockwell played the role of Jewell’s lawyer and gave a great performance. Kathy Bates was so moving in this movie with her performance as the mother who suffers from what her son is going through. And Paul Walter who played Richard was great also. It had a good cast.

I thought it was a good film and I am glad I finally got to see it and sad to know that the real Richard Jewell died at 44.

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