“Uh uh. 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?
Any casual movie fan worth their salt has heard that quote. It’s been parodied God only knows how many times. I don’t remember how I first came across it, but I’ve always known it was Dirty Harry. Maybe I was just born knowing. It wasn’t until yesterday that I actually saw that line delivered and in the full context of the movie.
Yes that’s right. Dawn, action junkie extraordinaire, raised on Die Hard, educated in Stallone, and current member of the Church of Statham, had somehow never seen Dirty Harry. You’d think I would have walked by my Daddy watching it at least once and would have been pulled into the seat next to him, as happened on other occassions. But no, that part of my education was denied me. So when Best Buy had a sale on a four pack of Dirty Harry movies, I jumped on it. And then it sat in a bag for a while with a bunch of other DVD’s while I cleared out a rather large queue of them (remember, the whole video store thing).
This movie was pretty freakin’ cool! I certainly connected with it far better that Bullit a couple weeks ago and acquired in the same sale. I can see why Clint Eastwood’s title character has become so iconic. Blatant disregard for the rules and determined to do whatever it takes to get his bad guy. This is who every brooding and tortured cop with an edge aspires to, and every single one of them fall short. Seriously, why did it take me this long? And I am gonna have a lot of fun cranking thru the other flicks this week”