Richard Jewell Movie Review

Richard Jewell

Release: 2019

Available: OnDemand

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

My Score: 4/10 Stars


“There’s a bomb in Centennial Park. You have 30 Minutes.”

These were the words that turned Richard Jewell from hero to villain in just a matter of days.

The movie is based on the true story of Richard Jewell and the actions he took during the “Centennial Bombings”, which took place during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Richard Jewell is a lonely middle-aged security guard, who shares a very close relationship with his mother (Kathy Bates). Richard gets taken advantage of by the FBI in the aftermath of the Centennial Bombings, as they use his misguided allegiance toward the badge to turn him into a suspect in the case. In reality, Richard Jewell was a hero, and took the action that a lot of others wouldn’t, and it ended up saving lives. 

The lead investigator in the movie was played by John Hamm, who I thought was one of the movie’s saving graces, but I’m a little biased because I’m a big John Hamm fan. Hamm’s character was very similar to his character in “The Town”, which I thought played very well into this movie. Unfortunately, I thought the actor who played Richard Jewell was a little over the top. I won’t pretend like I’m an expert on acting, but I’m usually able to spot bad acting, and I just wasn’t buying his character.

I thought the movie was just ok, and was sort of a let down based on my high expectations. I also thought the movie contained a lot of forced  “artistic” camerawork that made the movie drag at times. Overall, I’m giving this movie 4 out of 10 stars.