Avoiding the easy.

Mystic River is another movie directed by Clint Eastwood which features un-heroic heroes (Unforgiven, my favorite movie directed by Eastwood is another fine example). These movie are good because they work in a way that is – sometimes disconcertingly so – different from other movies. They are more ambiguous in their morals. Usually I can understand why the characters act the way they do, but it is hard to judge for me if what they did is actually right or not. That is why I left the movie theater after watching Mystic River, and now find myself returning to the movie more often than I do with other movies, even other movies that I found otherwise better – this is a big compliment, I think, and it is true for all the movies directed by Clint Eastwood that I have seen so far.


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