Renee Zellweger in a scene from the movie Bridget Jones's Baby.
Renee Zellweger in a scene from the movie Bridget Jones's Baby. Contributed

Sully versus Bridget Jones: How do you choose?

MOVIE lovers have a tough choice on the big screen this week as fictional comedy, Bridget Jones's Baby takes on biographical drama Sully for the audience share.

While Bridget Jones's Baby officially only comes out todayon Thursday, September 15, Maroochydore's Event Cinemas has been providing advanced screenings all week.

And I, like many other movie lovers, sat there at the box office trying to decide which of the two would be better to watch.

Here's a bit of detail on both films to help you decide:


DIRECTOR: Clint Eastwood

STARS: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney


VERDICT: 41/2 stars

FOR REVIEW AND PREVIEW PURPOSES ONLY. Tom Hanks in a scene from the movie Sully. Supplied by Warner Bros.
FOR REVIEW AND PREVIEW PURPOSES ONLY. Tom Hanks in a scene from the movie Sully. Supplied by Warner Bros. Keith Bernstein

FEW can forget the dramatic footage broadcast across the world as a plane landed on America's Hudson River on January 15, 2009.

What made the story capture the imagination of the public for weeks and months after was that all 155 on board of US Airways Flight 1549 survived.

Universal praise flowed for the pilot, Captain Chesley "Sully” Sullenberger, who was credited with achieving the near-impossible - a safe water landing.

What most didn't know was the intense scrutiny Sully faced in the days after the incident as the National Transportation Safety Board suggested one engine was not completely disabled and also the plane could have safely returned to the airport.

This film details how Sully coped with the intensity of the investigation while also providing dramatic footage of the doomed airbus and how Sully landed it safely so everyone could survive.

A combination of Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks is always going to be a winner.

And Sully is absolutely no exception.

From the beginning, even those who are not keen on true stories will be absorbed by the gripping storytelling in this film.

It is brilliantly directed as, instead of taking viewers immediately on to the flight, Eastwood leads you to the moment where Sully recollects what happened.

I also wonder if there is a better actor anywhere than Tom Hanks as he encapsulates the essence of the character.

I did some research on the real Chelsey Sullenberger and Hanks managed to portray the humble, professional manner Sullenberger is known for with precise detail.

This is a brilliant, feel good film well worth watching and definitely better on the big screen.

Buy a ticket and go and watch it - absolutely. It is worth it.

But what about Bridget Jones's Baby?


DIRECTOR: Sharon Maguire

STARS: Renee Zellwegger, Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey


VERDICT: 41/2 stars

BRIDGET Jones is back and cinema lovers are going to fall in love with her all over again.

Much like her real-life character, Jones (played by Renee Zellwegger) is older and hopefully wiser (although I don't Jones is the kind of girl to go for the kind of plastic surgery Zellwegger clearly has chosen).

She's single and her career is doing rather nicely, thank you very much.

Her hearts still pines for her old flame Mark Darcy (Firth), whom she bumps into at a funeral of an old friend, Daniel Cleaver (played by Hugh Grant in the earlier films).

But Bridget has moved on and clearly her relationship with Mr Darcy was doomed as they couldn't get it together a decade earlier. Besides, he is married. Or so it seems.

Bridget is persuaded to go to a festival with one of her colleagues and let her hair down and find a good "shag”.

Unexpectedly, she does, not realising the man she ends up with is online dating millionaire Jack.

Two weeks later, she meets Mr Darcy again at a christening and also lets her passion fly.

In both instances, she relies on a decade old box of environmentally friendly condoms. And this creates a problem, even if it is a good one.

Bridget is pregnant and she has no idea who the dad is.

I'll confess, I chose to watch Sully first as I didn't expect to enjoy Bridget Jones's Baby nearly as much as I did.

But it was laugh-out-loud funny.

I haven't heard an audience laugh as much as this nearly packed one in Maroochydore did in years.

Director Sharon Maguire has recreated the magic we loved so much in the first film and this is definitely a chick flick many (including the blokes) will love.

So which is better, I hear you asking? Which should you spend your hard-earned money on?

The answer is both.

Unlike Bridget Jones (and this isn't a spoiler alert), I couldn't choose between the two very different films.

I would highly recommend taking the time to savour the rare offering that is two good films on the big screen at the same time.

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