The Onion’s film critic Peter Rosenthal pays tribute to feathered friends lost when a gaggle flew into the engines of Flight 1549, leading to Captain “Sully” Sullenberger’s emergency landing on the Hudson. Rosenthal claims the failure to give adequate screen time to the dead birds was due to creative negligence from director Clint Eastwood in his new film “Sully,” which chronicles the remarkable 2009 event.
“Although Eastwood deftly depicts the struggles of Sullenberger and other people in the film, the same cannot be said of the geese,” he lays out. “Who were these geese? Did they have goslings?”
Rosenthal then presents a black and white ‘In Memoriam’ slideshow for the geese, over swelling violins, to conclude with the directive, “Never Forget.” It certainly won’t be easy to now. Watch below with a tissue.
“Sully” hit theaters this week to mixed reviews, and has recently prompted some backlash from the National Transportation Safety Board about the depiction of Captain Sully’s subsequent investigation. The film features Tom Hanks as Sullenberger, Laura Linney as Lorrie Sullenberger, Aaron Eckhart as First Officer Jeffrey Skiles, and Patch Darragh (“The Path”) as air traffic controller Patrick Harten.