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Richard Jewell

By Alex Saveliev | November 21, 2019

Richard Jewell marks Clint Eastwood’s 41st directorial feature. At the ripe young age of 89, the man shows no signs of fatigue; in fact, his films are filled with more verve and passion – not to mention skill and sophistication –  than those of most filmmakers half his age. This new Jewell in Eastwood’s sparkling filmography happens to be his most emotionally resonant, heartfelt, and purely entertaining project in years.

While Eastwood’s films tend to indict authority and its misuse of power, the man is also deeply patriotic, with a palpable affection for the HHAU (Humble Heroic American Underdog). Just see any of his recent films, from Flags of Our Fathers to The Mule. In the case of Richard Jewell, the underdog is the titular security guard, who helped prevent a tragedy of epic proportions by discovering a bomb during the 1996 Summer Olympics and promptly clearing the area.

“…helped prevent a tragedy of epic proportions by discovering a bomb during the 1996 Summer Olympics and promptly clearing the area.”

The bomb still detonated (known as the Centennial Olympic Park bombing), killing two people and injuring over 100 others – yet the damage would have been significantly worse if it were not for Richard’s act of heroism. The FBI, along with the media, pounced on Richard as the primary suspect. He was interrogated and antagonized for months, before being cleared of suspicion. The real bomber, Eric Rudolph, was arrested years later.

Eastwood methodically, and in a supremely muscular and suspenseful fashion, tells Richard’s story, letting the events unravel, allowing the shades of his characters to deepen, trusting his audience to come along for the ride.  It’s entrancing, what one could call “old-school” filmmaking, without showiness or embellishments or frantic, seizure-inducing camerawork. That’s not to say the film’s sole purpose is to hark back to the “good ol’ films of yore” – its technique is the reason why we’re hooked, from the first minute till the last, undistracted by hollow eye-candy.

Richard Jewell (2019)

Directed by Clint Eastwood

Written by Billy Ray

Starring Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde., etc.

Movie score: 9/10

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"…Eastwood methodically, and in a supremely muscular and suspenseful fashion, tells Richard’s story"

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  1. MikePhillips says:

    I’m going to see this one for four reasons:
    1. Eastwood, a true patriot
    2. Eastwood movies are never a disapointment
    3. Filmed in Georgia, not Hollywood
    4. Exposes a corrupt mainstream media and some of their agenda
    I wish Jewell were with us today so he could see there are Americans out here who will remember his story and who appreciate his service to others. God bless that man.

    • JJ B says:

      I find it sad in a way to read you’ll see a movie because it’s filmed “in Georgia not Hollywood.” I have nothing against Georgia or state film boards -quite the opposite; each state should bring in as much business as possible for their people- but I wish people knew the real working professionals of Los Angeles. LA’’s a “company town” as much as Detroit or Hershey, PA, are or were. Builders, painters, artists, designers, tech people who invent extraordinary new techniques, pushing the boundaries for other disciplines. They raise families and support their communities and help their neighbors like hardworking people everywhere. The word “Hollywood” is a term for the world’s best in storytelling on film or tv.

      • Alan Ng says:

        Considering the events of the film take place in Georgia, it would make sense it should be filmed “in Georgia not Hollywood.”

        • Bradley Gibson says:

          Also… as a long-time Atlanta resident, the fact is that we are Hollywood South now… or as some like to say here “Y’allywood.” Not my favorite appellation, but it gets the point across. Pinewood studio has a sprawling campus near Atlanta. Tyler Perry just opened his studio lot here, and we have Blackhall studios. Films are made here every day. All of the Marvel movies are shot here. We are the movie business as well!

    • Agreed! You’ll love the film for those four reasons – and many more.

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