First Glance: “Richard Jewell”

The story of security guard Richard Jewell is as fascinating as it is troubling. Director Clint Eastwood’s new film simply titled “Richard Jewell” chronicles his life following the Centennial Olympic Park bombing of 1996. Jewell discovered the bomb and quickly began clearing people out of the area saving many lives. But some were quick to brand him the bomber and the media ran with the story, vilifying Jewell despite having unreliable information and sources.

Character actor Paul Walter Hauser plays Richard Jewell and he is surrounded by a wealth of talent including Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wylde, Kathy Bates, and John Hamm. The first trailer seems to indicate that the film will be digging deeper into those surrounding Jewell – the media, the government, his devoted attorney, his loving mother. It’s compelling stuff. Let’s see if Eastwood can bring it all together.

“Richard Jewell” opens December 13th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

4 thoughts on “First Glance: “Richard Jewell”

    • I won hundred percent agree on Eastwood. Even when his movies don’t land, they still manage to be interesting. I think this is good material for him. Oh, and great observation about Gone Girl. I hadn’t thought of that.

  1. Eastwood’s been in a slump lately and I’m not sure about this as I am familiar with the story about Richard Jewell as I know where he used to live and I knew a high school classmate of mine who worked with him at the Olympics. It’s a shame he got a bad rap. I’m happy that Paul Walter Hauser is getting a big role as he’s been one of my favorite character actors in recent years.

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