Richard Jewell: Leave the Man Alone

Before I even saw Richard Jewell, I had my whole review planned out. I was going to talk about how politically charged it was. How troubling the true story was, and how crying wolf can lead to dangerous consequences. How poor Richard was being used as a pawn by Clint Eastwood to galvanize Republicans, and how calculated the movie’s release was. How the depiction of Kathy Scruggs was controversial and unfair, but that it didn’t delegitimize the key plot points. How this was the most divisive movie of the year. How this was not the movie our country needed right now. How this was going to cause middle-aged white men to storm the streets. And ultimately, how we, the American public are the real culprits by encouraging the media to obsess over people in the first place…

Then I actually watched the movie.

You remember Joker, right? It came out a few months ago. It was the most divisive movie of the year. It was going to cause middle-aged white men to storm the streets. Except, that didn’t happen. The panic was exaggerated. The movie was fine.

Richard Jewell is the same way. The panic is exaggerated. The movie is fine. True to form, people will stop talking about it in a few months because another movie will spark a new controversy. And once again, Richard Jewell will be shoved out of the spotlight as quickly as he was shoved into it.

The end.

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