Monday, 30 September 2013

Dirty Harry (1971)

Well, when an adult male is chasing a female with intent to commit rape, I shoot the bastard. That's my policy.

Just a quick one tonight. Dirty Harry, the Eastwood flick from the 70s that everyone knows so well. To be honest? Not me. I am aware of the film, I have even had it on in the background but Dirty Harry resides in that little section of movie Dom reserved for the “not really properly watched”.

So as a not quite green but also not seasoned watcher what were my impressions?vlcsnap-00004

Eastwood as Harry is excellent once you get past the 70s vibe (it really was a deeply uncool decade) and the film is very witty and set off with great steam….and then it slows down. After such a promising start it then turns into a political slog with Harry railing against the law that seems to side on the killers rights rather than the victims. Certainly the Scorpio Killer is well aware of his rights and uses it to his great advantage and by the end of the film Harry is certainly also feeling the weakness of the law. However this message is not enough to maintain momentum in between the brilliant shootouts.

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I come away feeling that parts of Harry are brilliant, others flawed but overall its a good movie and well worth a watch if only for Eastwoods fantastic dialog. The cat and mouse hunting of Scorpio on the other hand is clumsy and quickly becomes very tired.

Paul Out….and feeling lucky….punk.

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