“Richard Jewell” is a Clint Eastwood film about the true story of the 1996 Atlanta bombing at the Olympics. I usually like Eastwood’s films because they are simple but powerful stories that include great acting with no fluff added.
*The MEAT* The story is downright *Scary and Heartbreaking* It’s not political as the previews and reviews make it sound. No, this is a story about the FBI and News media overstepping their bounds and basically ruining lives. Although this happened in 1996, it does make you wonder about today.
*The POTATOES* The acting is *Great*. I love Sam Rockwell and he never disappoints me. Kathy Bates was just nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Richard Jewell’s mom and she deserves it. Now, Paul Walter Hauser plays Richard Jewell and plays him so powerful that he will just tear your heart out with his performance.
*The VERDICT* This is a *Very Good Movie* the story and acting is very memorable for sure. However, and I’m just being honest here. “Richard Jewell” is just not that special of a film to see on the big screen. I mean, I liked it a lot, but I’m quite sure I could have gotten the same experience of it from my own television at my own convenience later this year. So, save your money, but do see this one later for sure.