Eastwood’s new movie

I am not usually keen on movies that have some sporting event as a main focus of the plot in some way. The only exception to this rule is the sweet science – boxing.

There have been many great movies that revolve around boxing. Rocky 1, 2 and 3 and Rocky Balboa (the last one). Million Dollar Baby. Raging Bull with Robert De Niro compellingly cast as the tragic Jake La Motta. Even the Ali movie with Will Smith was alright though not outstanding. And that’s just the fictionalised movies.

One exception I’ll be making to this rule will be Invictus. I’ll really be looking forward to this one. It’s about rugby, a sport I know next to nothing about. But Clint Eastwood is behind it. Eastwood has been going from strength to strength lately. He’s made great movies about war (Letters from Iwo Jima and Flags of our fathers), boxing and euthanasia (Million Dollar Baby of course), revisionist Westerns (Unforgiven), miscarriage of justice (Changeling), multiculturalism (Gran Torino or How an aged Dirty Harry helps assimilate migrants). Now he’s tackling Nelson Mandela and rugby. It will be entertaining to watch how he pulls it off, just as it will be entertaining to watch Morgan Freeman play Mandela (who better?)

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5 Responses to “Eastwood’s new movie”

  1. Greego Says:

    Gran Torino was god-awful. Terrible acting, poor pacing, cliched story. On the other hand, The Unforgiven was brilliant. Haven’t seen his other recent movies but I want to see Flag of our fathers & Letters from Iwo Jima.

  2. Bird rapes pyramids Says:

    Torino was pretty decent, but it went a little too far with the racial thing. Unforgiven is perhaps one of the best westerns ever made.

    looking forward to this one.

  3. JC Says:

    Torino was pretty decent, but it went a little too far with the racial thing. Unforgiven is perhaps one of the best westerns ever made.

    looking forward to this one to see how Freeman pulls this one off.

  4. jtfsoon Says:

    It did? I found the racial thing pretty amusing. I liked the way the character changed over time, didn’t think it was cliched at all.

  5. Sinclair Davidson Says:

    It’s going to be a cliche I’m sure. In the dying seconds of extra time the action will go into slow motion, then a loud kicking sound will be heard, and the ball will go though the goals and the South Africans will win and the crowd go wild. I wonder if Eastwood included the bit when Mandella made a soccor crowd resing the national anthem (the second part, the old Apartheid anthem) when he felt that not enough people had sung with enough gusto.

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