Movie Review: Richard Jewell (15)
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Richard Jewell (15)
Biography Crime Drama
Richard Jewell is an American biographical drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, and written by Billy Ray. It is based on the 1997 Vanity Fair article "American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell" by Marie Brenner. The film depicts the July 27 Centennial Olympic Park bombing and its aftermath, as security guard Richard Jewell finds a bomb during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and alerts authorities to evacuate, only to later be wrongly accused of having placed the device himself.
The film stars Paul Walter Hauser as Jewell, alongside Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, and Olivia Wilde.
The film's performance has been characterized as a box office flop by multiple media outlets. As of January 19, 2020, Richard Jewel has grossed $22.1 million in the United States and Canada, and $8.8 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $30.9 million] against a production budget of $45 million
Is it Any Good though?
Metascore (Critics Rating) of 6.9/10
Poorer reviews include Slant Magazines Chuck Bowen who rated it 6.3/10 and said:
Ironically, Clint Eastwood is as condescending of Jewell as the bureaucrats he despises.
Kinder reviews include Varietys Peter Debruge who rated it 7/10 and said:
A good story is a good story, and Eastwood knows how to tell a good story.
IMDB User rating 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating 6.8/10
Not too much negativity out there towards this movie.
Despite being over two hours, the time did pass quickly which is always a good sign.
Being English I knew little about the story and this possibly helped.
Some good acting talent and characters I had an affinity for, well mostly, the FBI and the odd journalist portrayal not so much.
Paul Walter Hauser stood out as our hero and off course Sam Rockwell is always worth a watch.
A really good story of its genre, well told and I recommend.
MGN Rating 7/10