Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Screenplay by: Billy Ray
Produced by: Clint Eastwood, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson, Jonah Hill, Jessica Meier, and Tim Moore.
Real, Moving, Loving, Kind, Truthful, Judgmental, and Stereotypical. These are the first words that come to mind when I think of the Bio Pic : “Richard Jewel”.
Despite of its 45 M Dollar budget and the power team behind it, I’m going to be very clear on one thing: It did not awaken my curiosity at first just by watching the trailer , which, If there’s one thing I must say about it negatively would be that. I did not know what to expect, and I think it was relying too much on Clint Eastwood’s name to make people go see it . That is probably also why it hasn’t gotten the curiosity from the audience it should have had . Not because Clint isn’t a marvelous film maker but maybe because it simply just is a generational thing . Oh Yeah!!! and the fact that “Star Wars” is out at the same time. (rolls eyes) (mad emoji) #storyforanotherday
It goes without a say that the genius of Clint Eastwood is written all over “Richard Jewel”. I mean……….!! It is extremely well-done cinematically , and executed beautifully by the whole cast; so much so that for being an over 2-hour long film, time was not on my mind and neither did it feel draggy. Aaaaaaaaand as a milenial, well, that’s saying a lot!
Can we talk about Kathy Bates, please!? ok, she really needs an award for this role. She did such a wonderful job with her character that I did not see her, I saw my grandma in her, I saw my best friend’s mom in her, I mean, she killed it!! I felt her happiness and her pain and they both equally moved me . It was so emotional and heart-felt as was the whole film.
Same goes for Paul Walter Hauser (who plays Richard Jewel.) Talk about the guy next door who is (spoiler alert) a good Samaritan. And this opens the subject by the way- The fact that some people have lost faith on people actually being good people! People actually caring for others and doing the right thing. Good people: our natural state of being as humans and it is lost sometimes, isn’t that something? Such skepticism from the government, such doubt and a need to judge others by the way they look or “because they fit a certain profile”, such bull if you ask me, because, you all know I’m a sucker for people and movies that portray honesty and bring out real society issues instead of all the bells and bustle.
I’m glad this story is being told again now even after 20 something years. For example; I was very little when all of that happened and to keep it real, I was not even aware there was a bombing in Atlanta in ’96 so, for someone like myself who may have no idea of the incident until this very moment, the film is very self-explanatory, easy to understand and Billy Ray really did a beautiful job adapting the story to the screen in the most simple way possible, which, your girl right here appreciates enormously. I remember watching “Spotlight” years ago and almost falling asleep. Gosh! what a complicated, draggy film! Anyway! Back to R.J.!
The auditorium was completely silent when it was over and you could sense an energy of self-reflection in the room. If a film can make you look inside, and feel, and take you on a journey of not only fiction but truth, then, in my opinion, it is a film worth watching. You should go buy a ticket right now and go see it because it is spectacular. Definitely one to watch in the theater, and I am 100 percent adding this one to my list of best films of 2019. I am giving it a big thumbs up and a rating of 8.5
Can’t wait to hear your comments . Until next time, it’s That Cuban Girl signing out and until 2020…
HAPPY NEW YEAR MOVIE LOVERS!!!