Classic Movie Review - Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood Classic Movie Review

There’s no doubting that Clint Eastwood is a Hollywood legend, so it’s probablt about time I saw the movie that made him a superstar. One of my favourite Eastwood movies is Firefox, but this is an entirely different affair.

The first thing I noticed at the beginning of Dirty Harry was the classic 70s cop vibes from the music. The soundtrack was by Lalo Schifrin, who also did the soundtrack for Bullitt, the last classic movie I watched... which, like this, was set in San Francisco. Seemed a fitting movie to follow it on with.

Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood Classic Movie Review

The basic premise of Dirty Harry is simple. A deranged murderer is on the loose and taunting the police. Leading the investigation is a maverick cop who doesn’t like to play by the rules, but puts his life on the line to get the job done. He also happens to have a very big gun.

Harry Callahan is such a cool character. He stays calm throughout much of he movie. Dealing with situations with a quiet confidence and a sprinkling of bravado. It’s not long into the film that we get the iconic line...

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 kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow your head clean off, you’ve gotta ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?
— Harry Callahan
Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood Classic Movie Review

I loved the tension and suspense through the chase scenes. They were really exciting, and actually gave a feeling of danger. Most modern movies lack that because you know the hero will win in the end. Dirty Harry ebbs and flows with Callahan not automatically nailing every shot or coming out of every situation unscathed. 

Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood Classic Movie Review

The villain, Scorpio, was amazing. He reminded me a little of Heath Ledger’s Joker. There was just the right amount of normal before going completely unhinged. It takes a special kind of actor to pull that off right. Bravo Andrew Robinson!

Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood Classic Movie Review

I really enjoyed Dirty Harry. There weren’t really any plot twists or surprises that stood out. It was just a compelling film from start to finish. I liked that we were taken on a journey and got to feel what the characters were feeling, which made the final scene of Harry throwing away his badge more poignant.

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