Dirty Harry Reviews
Clint Eastwood's typically subdued turn as Harry Callahan is one of his best, as 'Dirty Harry' has heavily influenced many modern day crime movies with its undeniable style and gripping structure; even if it is a little dated at times.
It is pretty dated, but it does have its moments where if you watch it today, you can still appreciate what made this a really good film. Eastwood carried the film with his badassness if thats a word, and he executed his role with precision.
The villain is a pretty evil puppy, and his crimes are somewhat iconic in film.
The movie is damn good, just not something I would call all time great.
As well, you're basically getting, boiled down in its 103-minute timespan, 45 years after the fact, the main dilemma facing the USA. Whose rights are more important--the good guys' or the bad guys'? If they're equal, should they be considered equal, and what does that mean to the law enforcement and judicial systems?
Quite simply, THE most important American-made film of the past 50 years. NOT my very favourite (that's '2001: A Space Odyssey'), but the most significant.
And it hasn't aged a single day because of it.