Movie Review – Richard Jewel


Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital is a film based on real life events called Richard Jewell.

I will admit, I am not a fan of watching the news. It’s usually always bad news. I know the world is not a perfect place, but I prefer to focus on good news.

Back in 1996, during the Summer Olympics that were held in Atlanta, Georgia, a security guard by the name of Richard Jewell, found a suspicious backpack. He was instrumental in getting people to safety before the backpack exploded.

I hate to come across as not very well informed, but I honestly don’t remember any of these events. That was the year I go married, so maybe I was just too focused on that instead of the nightly news.

Some saw Richard Jewell as a hero. Others suspected he might be something else – the person who set up the bomb to make himself appear to be a hero.

The film that was just released for home viewing, Richard Jewell, is based on those events.

The film was directed by the legendary Clint Eastwood.

This film is not the type of film I would normally watch. I’m more so into horror movies and comedies. However there was something about this film that piqued my interest, so I was happy to do a review. I was sent a free screener copy to review this film.

The film stars Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde, and Kathy Bates.

Richard Jewell (Hauser) lives with his mother (Bates). He works as a security guard at a college, where he takes his job a bit too seriously. A little too much if you ask the college dean.

Years later, Jewell is working as a freelance security guard at an event hosted by AT&T at Centennial Park. While watching the attendees, he notices a suspicious backpack lying by a bench.

Acting on his gut instincts, Jewell chases everyone away from the perimeter for their protection, just as a bomb that was inside the backpack explodes.

Jewell is seen as a hero for saving people’s lives. As a result, he finds himself the center of attention in the media, being interviewed by well known reporters.

The FBI makes is a point to do checks on so called heroes because there have been instances where people set things up intentionally to make themselves appear to be a true hero. It’s pretty much standard procedure.

Tom Shaw (Hamm) is assigned to Jewell’s case. Shaw lets this information slip to reporter Kathy Scruggs (Wilde), who in turns makes it her point to prove that Jewell is guilty of setting up the bomb. She works as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution and she’s trying to prove that women reporters are just a good as men. Both Shaw and Scruggs are hell bent on proving Jewell’s guilt.

Knowing he needs to defend himself, Jewell hires a little known lawyer named G. Watson Bryant (Rockwell) to defend his innocence.

If you are familiar with the case, you probably know the outcome. I won’t give away any more details because I don’t want to give away the ending or anymore spoilers.

As I mentioned earlier, this is not the typical film you would catch me watching. That being said, I found this film very interesting and entertaining. I feel stupid for not knowing anything about Richard Jewell until now.

The film was very well written and not boring at all. My husband groaned about having to watch this movie with me, because he worried it wouldn’t be interesting. He watched the film the entire time (he didn’t look at his phone), which says a lot as far as I”m concerned. He’s even happy that he watched it.

The actors were spot on. I think the film makers did a fantastic job casting the actors that they did. It’s as if the roles were written with them in mind.

Bonus content includes interviews with Clint Eastwood, and the actors from the film. There is also the story of the real life Richard Jewell, as well as the making of this film.

If you are stuck in quarantine, like most of the country, and you are looking for an interesting film to watch, check out Richard Jewell. Look for it where ever movies are sold or streamed.

Below is the THEATRICAL trailer for the film. It’s no longer in theaters (not that theaters are open to begin with).



*I received a free screener to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

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