Magnum Force ★★★

Makes a distracting break from the original by presenting Harry as a man with friends, a sex life, and a concern for justice beyond the opportunity to empty his spleen--heroically reckless where he was once maniacally reckless. Such is popularity, but Magnum Force still squanders the chance to pit Harry against the cops on his own terms (what would he care?) because he's all for the-best-system-we-have. At least it's got a crackerjack ending. And for as much as I love Team Fortress 2, I wish that it hadn't swallowed up the cultural cache of Schifrin's theme--that opening sequence is still an all-timer, and Magnum Force's best connection with Dirty Harry.

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