Rewatched Jul 18, 2012
Liam Fogarty’s review:
A true timeless film that captures and transports you into its time period. Dirty Harry is up there with some of my faves.
The film opens with a shot of a memorial for all cops who died in the line of duty protecting the streets of San Francisco, we then open up to a mysterious sniper taking down an innocent victim. In any other crime thriller, this would be a stinger to hook the audience into a murder mystery plot filled with unorthodox clues and conspiracies that would eventually lead to a shocking reveal. But as Dirty Harry plays on, it turns out this is just an average joe going on a mental breakdown and killed a plain jane, there isn't a made up character pulling strings behind the scenes, it's just a normal guy. Back in the early 70's, this would of been terrifying, the film feels more factual than fictional, even the killer was based off the zodiac killer at the time.
Dirty Harry is always going to be a film that works well as a product of its time period, through the on-location shooting and cheap production look, it represents a dangerous time period and uses gritty realism to keep the audience invested, combined with a certain slickness and style that maintains the entertainment factor.
Well worth the 6 times I've watched this film over the years, or was it only 5. To be honest, in all this excitement I've forgot myself.