Clint Eastwood’s Ode to the Underdog: Richard Jewell

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All he was trying to do was do his job, and perhaps his own child-like demeanor, his wide-eyed view of the world, and his enamored devotion to the law worked against him. He got the short end of the stick and no amount of compensation would suffice in bringing that indignity back.

Eastwood may not be attempting to bring the most cinematic of ventures but he has a soft spot for those who’ve been trampled and forgotten by society. His last movie, The Mule, while not elevating the character he himself played on a pedestal, does manage to make you sympathize with him. Even more so, his Richard Jewell, an unfortunate victim of circumstance, a man who simply attempted to warn the public attending a concert of a bomb, paid the ultimate price and got stabbed by all the nails hidden inside. Eastwood brings Jewell’s story, warts and all, into the public consciousness, and it will want to make you angry. Yes, some characters manage to look a bit cartoonish but this is the intent, to bring an awareness of how there media, hungry reporters, and even hungrier law enforcement agents looking for a quick promotion may violate a person’s fundamental rights and not care one bit for the truth. Richard Jewell almost approaches levels of the Kafkaesque without turning into an absurdist film, and even after credits roll the character’s fate — and the ultimate apprehension of the real perpetrator — will still leave you fuming.

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