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REVIEW: ‘Richard Jewell’ Is The Best Movie Of 2019

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief
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Clint Eastwood hit a home run with his new movie “Richard Jewell.”

The film focuses on American hero Richard Jewell, who the movie is named after, and everything that happened with the 1996 Summer Olympics bombing in Atlanta.

In one of the biggest stories in the past 25 years, Jewell was the security guard working the park when a bomb planted by Eric Rudolph went off.

Despite finding the bomb and saving countless lives, Jewell was falsely painted as the man likely responsible as the FBI and media hounded him. (RELATED: Watch The Trailer For Clint Eastwood’s New Movie ‘Richard Jewell’)

I knew all of this going into the theater, but I had no idea just how good this film would be. It was an emotional rollercoaster.

 

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I was incredibly angry at times, I was heartbroken, I was frustrated and ultimately I was relieved when he was cleared.

This movie is something every American should see, and it’s just the latest example of why Clint Eastwood is such a great director.

In an era where we’re told the media and law enforcement can do no wrong, “Richard Jewell” is a painful and necessary reminder of what happens when assumptions are made and false information is spread.

 

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Make no mistake about it. Richard Jewell, who died in 2007, was an American hero that saved lives. Yet, because he was a little quirky, a bit of an outcast and appeared to live a downtrodden life, the media and the FBI were quick to paint him as the likely killer. If this movie doesn’t make you mad as hell, then you’re just not paying attention.

 

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If you haven’t already seen “Richard Jewell,” I suggest you do immediately. It’s the best movie of 2019, and maybe the best movie Clint Eastwood has ever been involved with.