American film Richard Jewell wins mass approval in China

China Plus Published: 2020-01-22 17:22:54
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Chinese netizens have commended Richard Jewell as a film worthy of a theater visit. Some even say it is the first film they have given the thumbs-up for in 2020.

Directed by Clint Eastwood, Richard Jewell tells the true story of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing, where an American security guard named Richard Jewell discovered a bomb and alerted authorities.

Clint Eastwood (center) in the film poster for Richard Jewell[Photo: in-ent.cn]

Clint Eastwood (center) in the film poster for Richard Jewell[Photo: in-ent.cn]

Following its release in China, the country's leading movie-ticketing platform Maoyan gave the film a score of 9.1, while Douban gave a movie score of 8.3. Meanwhile, it is highly recommended on Sina Weibo, one of the largest social media platforms in China.

The trailer was unveiled after its debut in Chinese cinemas.

The latest trailer explains how Richard Jewell immediately reported the potential bombing to police, and was consequentially vilified and falsely reported as a terrorist by the press.

"Richard is the first person that moved me into tears this year," a netizen left a comment. Other moviegoers gave it a "five-star" comment, saying they were impressed with Eastwood's narrative techniques.

"The story is told in a calmly peaceful way but still with lots of human emotions," another Chinese netizen wrote.

To date, Clint Eastwood's film has earned 5.5-million yuan (just shy of 800,000 US dollars) in box offices in the 2 weeks since its opening in China.

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