Clint Eastwood Collection Movie Review

Movie Review – American Sniper

Genuine, moving, at times horribly tense, American Sniper is 2014’s best war movie. The political aspects of the Iraq War are thankfully absent, allowing us to get into the mind of one of the US military’s deadliest combat operatives. Directed with understated brilliance by Clint Eastwood, and led by a strong performance by Bradley Cooper, American Sniper is a great movie indeed.

Clint Eastwood Collection Movie Review

Movie Review – Flags Of Our Fathers

Solid, aloof re-enactment of the battle of Iwo Jima told through the tough, no-nonsense approach of Clint Eastwood. Cast are all excellent, effects and cinematography are superb, but the script lacks an emotional center and drifts into too many characters’ memories to make a sustainably interesting narrative. The battles sequences are well mounted, and the production of the film is exemplary, it’s just that at the end of the day, I just didn’t feel the weight of this story as I guess I was supposed to.

Clint Eastwood Collection Film Classic Movie Review

Movie Review – Dirty Harry

The blueprint for every “rough justice” cop movie filmed since, and spawning four sequels itself, this gritty, rough-diamond crime flick brought star Eastwood in from the Westerns and onto the streets, a modern cop with a violent, angry way of getting the job done. Dirty Harry became synonomous with the hard-bitten, violent, anti-social crime films that came since, and remains one of the defining moments of the genre. Still potent even today, Dirty Harry played to Eastwoods strengths: his leading man status is again proven right.

Clint Eastwood Collection Movie Review

Movie Review – Two Mules For Sister Sara

Wonderfully filmed, brilliantly acted, comedy/drama/western starring Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine, Two Mules For Sister Sara is one of the best “buddy comedies” I’ve seen in a very long time. Only just discovering this film on DVD recently, I was surprised at just how good a chemistry Eastwood and MacLaine have on screen, and I’m surprised they didn’t pair up more often. Two Mules tells of a drifter/mercenary (Eastwood) who saves a beautiful woman (MacLaine) from being raped by a gand of thugs, only to discover she’s actually a nun, on the run from French forces trying to occupy Mexico. Together, they journey to a distant town to help some Mexican revolutionaries steal the treasure from a garrison of French troops.

Clint Eastwood Collection Movie Review

Movie Review – High Plains Drifter

High Plains Drifter manages to be overtly violent, decidedly generic and brilliantly executed by director Eastwood, who not only fronts the camera but gets to play the man in charge behind as well, something the Hollywood star has made a good living from in the intervening years. Something Eastwood has honed in his time as a director is his ability to excavate characters, and performances, from those I’d be hard pressed to say were actually “good” actors. Drifter sees less emphasis on character and more on the violence, the repercussions of which are explored in quite vivid detail. As the DVD cover blurb states implicitly, within the first twenty minutes there’s been three murders and a rape, all committed by Eastwood himself. That’s not to say there’s some validity to this, which there is in due time, but the concept of violence in the Old West is something I feel Eastwood has tried to explore a lot in his films of the genre. It’s well known that Unforgiven, his first Oscar win, explores violence quite graphically in this genre of film, and the tip of this iceberg can be seen in his earlier work, Drifter included.

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