Jimmy Kimmel Live: Tom Hanks and Sully Sullenberger (Review)


Jimmy Kimmel Live had only two guests, Tom Hanks, as the main point of focus and the man he plays in Sully.  Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger, the man who saved all 154 people by landing a passenger jet in the Hudson River in 2009. Kaleo was the musical guest, but the show belonged to Hanks and Sully.

Kimmel’s monologue was spot on as he poked fun at Donald Trump and the presidential hopeful’s stance on Vladimir Putin. (Trump is afraid to be too harsh incase Putin stops supplying Russian wives for Donald.)

Part  of the monologue featured an iPhone with the new “sarcastic Siri.” It was an excellent bit of comedy.

There was a brief montage featuring almost every major news anchor using the same gag about the new iPhone 7. The news that Apple has discontinued the earphone jack on their next phone caused a slew of newscasters to say, “Hit the road Jack.”

The subject of parents using marijuana more than their kids lead to a public service message where kids talk to their drug taking parents. Another funny bit of business that was a twist on the old drug adverts.

Another prank on the  “man on the street” came up next which was all about the new iPhone.  People had their current iPhone taken, cleaned and  were given a new case. They were then told it was the new iPhone 7. A couple of them  even paid $50 to make the switch.

Tom Hanks came out and talked about his early days on the Paramount studio lot back when he was starring on Bosom Buddies. He talked about visiting the Star Trek: Wrath of Kahn set and how he and Peter Scolari kept expecting to be told off. 

Another thing he and Jimmy talked about was how people treat him on airplanes now. Hanks told the host that everyone feels “safe” with him on board.

Packing for travel was discussed and he talked about what not to wear when traveling.

He spoke of what it was like working with Clint Eastwood, who directed Sully. “He treats actors like horses,” Hanks said. He also said having Eastwood as a director was like a Mount Rushmore likeness coming to life.

Tom mentioned meeting Sully Sullenberger and being starstruck.  As a surprise Jimmy brought the former pilot out after the break as a special guest. The hero was calm poised and amusing.

Sullenberger’s appearance was not the only surprise, the show did a spoof biopic of Tom Hanks starring “Chelsey Sullenberger” as Hanks. The short film featured bits from Cast Away, Bosom Buddies and Forrest Gump.

While Sullenberger was on the stage he talked about his co-pilot during the 2009 save of the aircraft; Jeff Skiles, played by Aaron Eckhart in the film. The experience bonded the two for life apparently.

Kaleo performed a single from their new album; “A/B.” The song, “Way Down We Go” was a crowd pleaser that sounded bluesy and tough. A brilliant new band with a great presence.

Once again, there was no time for Matt Damon.

Jimmy Kimmel Live airs Monday through Friday on ABC.

Author: Mike's Film Talk

Former Actor, Former Writer, Former Journalist, USAF Veteran, http://MikesFilmTalk.com Former Member Nevada Film Critics Society

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