Maybe it’s because the true life tale of Richard Jewell is endlessly fascinating and frustrating or maybe it’s because the cast of this film is fantastic but the first trailer for Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell is terrific. It’s honestly better than any of Eastwood’s directorial outings since probably Mystic River. Seriously. The trailer builds tension, drama, character — all in just a few minutes.
And how about that cast? Say what you want about Clint Eastwood (how much time do you have?) but the man still attracts strong performers to his films. I’m particularly excited to see Paul Walter Hauser portray the titular lead. Jewell’s story is just so tragic and unfortunate and is really a dark mark on the media and Justice Department of the US. He’s a very simple, sympathetic character and I have faith that Hauser is the perfect choice for the part. The rest of the cast, including Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell, looks aces too. And how great is it to Kathy Bates in a meaty dramatic role again?
The film opens this December and I’m curious to see the dialogue surrounding it. The story of Jewell has something for people on both sides of the aisle. It’s an anti-media story which will please conservatives but it’s also very critical of the Justice Department’s tactics, something that’ll satisfy the left. Then again, it takes place during the Clinton administration so who knows how that’ll affect things. I wonder if the modern political landscape will have any influence on peoples’ impression of the movie. I hope not because it’s a story that needs to be told, no matter which side is pleased.
I could complain and complain about Clint Eastwood and his ass-backwards view of the world for ages. I could also rant and rave about his crappy output recently. But the truth is that Richard Jewell might be a really good fit for the filmmaker. This trailer seems to suggest so.
Richard Jewell opens December 13th.