Dirty Harry (1971)

The Dirty Harry Series - #1 

It's cause he loves it in the pooper
It's cause he loves it in the pooper

Genre: Action Crime Thriller Drama

Starring: Clint Eastwood (The Good, The Bad And The Ugly; High Plains Drifter); Andrew Robinson (Hellraiser; "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine")

Directed By: Don Siegel (Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956); Escape from Alcatraz)

Overview: Tough as nails Harry Callahan is an SFPD detective on the trail of Scorpio, a a sniper who demands a ransom to stop his slaughter of innocents.

Performance:

Wow, Garak of "DS9". Geek out to Andrew Robinson, AKA Scorpio, who, for once, isn't some hardcore badass criminal who doesn't give a damn. He's human. When he gets stabbed, he screams. When he gets scared, he runs. That's half the reason this film is so good. The other reason is that Dirty Harry is a caricature, who isn't scared, who doesn't run, who doesn't scream when it hurts... mainly cause he's doing all the hurtin'... HOO YEAH!
Rating: 8

Cinematography:

As I watched, I expected to find the classic action footage of cars flipping and guns blazing and guys falling off roofs, a modern western basically, but there were times when I was just floored at the photography. From helicopter shots and that crane panning out from two men in the middle of a football field to that perfect scene in the park with the imposing centerpiece of a large cross as the action unfolds, it's more than just capturing the action and the shootouts - though there's plenty of that too. Try as you might to linger on the guns, you'll find your field of vision occasionally streaked with high art.
Rating: 9

Script:

Whether it's the line that made history,

I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?

or the good old fashioned one liners that both make you laugh and make you realize where Harry's comin' from, yelling at citizens the way he does,

Get the Hell outta the way, Hammerhead!

it's some pretty sweet gold. You've got this way of explaining the action with character building gusto, and at the same time you've got something you can walk away with and use in the everyday, from angry bigotry to human rights violating apathy!

And no actually "Go ahead... make my day..." was from Sudden Impact (1983). Oh don't worry you'll see that review here one day too.
Rating: 9

Plot:

The standard tough cop stuff that set up many a carbon copy, we have introductory character-building moments like the callous talking down of a suicide jumper, or single-handedly thwarting a bank robbery, but 'tough' isn't all what this movie's about. There's a real story about a real sicko, and it isn't merely all about the pigs finally tracking him down. It goes further. And there's subtext. It's a commentary on human rights and the 'soft' justice system, and even if you don't buy into it, you can't help but wish you had a .44 too.
Rating: 8

Mood:

Man the awesome music kicks ass. Regardless of the fact that there's one pretty gaping plothole in the plot development that could have just been explained away with a sentence (ain't it always the way?), we have action that isn't over the top, we have a glorious last stand in a unique setting, and we have plenty classic Clint. And it's 1971, I mean... awesome. Come on, it's Dirty Harry for God's sake! Why haven't you seen this?!
Rating: 9

sick!
Oh I felt lucky... very lucky...PUNK!

Overall Rating: 86% (Kinda Clean-Cut Actually...)
Aftertaste:

The lead-up to Girlfriend of Squish's first viewing of Dirty Harry was me telling her she wouldn't like it. I should have known better. More accurately, I forgot how amazing this story was, and it wasn't all senseless heroics and machismo.

All that to say that not only did GF of Squish love it, but she wants to see the rest of the Callahan sequels with me. So not only does this have classic value, it's not too 'guy' a flick. Enjoy it with your lady friend!

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Well I'm all broken up about that mans rights

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