Opening in theaters this weekend is ‘’Richard Jewell’’, Clint Eastwood’s latest foray into the true-from-life dramas the director has made marketable. The film details the events of the Atlanta Olympics bombing and the effects it had on the central figure Jewell, the security guard who saw his life upended after heroically saving lives that day. The release is timed as an awards season hopeful, with actress Kathy Bates already receiving a nomination for a Golden Globe.
What is remarkable is that this decades-old story not only carries cinematic drama but also has a remarkable amount of relevance today. The themes of an out of control press corps and a potentially manipulative FBI land squarely beside our current environment of media bias and a Bureau being looked at as potentially driven by politics.
The central focus of the journalistic misdeeds in the film is on the newspaper the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and its lead reporter on the story Kathy Scruggs, portrayed by Olivia Wilde. The AJC has taken exception to its portrayal in the film. taking particular offense at scenes in which Scruggs is shown to have an affair with an FBI agent, leading her to the Jewell investigation.