Three and a half *...altho, annoyingly, uses the cliche of a pedophile priest to kick off it's investigation of how the horrors of the past (both committed and suffered) influence strongly our sense of the present, with it's misunderstandings, unspoken brokenness, and (oftentimes) feeling of (false) inevitability, this is just another example to trot out when Eastwood gets his honorary Oscar...
Classic in a 1980s early 90s kind of way. Solid movie but I dnt feel it dwells or explore the themes of lost childhood innocence as well as it could have. While the story on the face is tragic Beyond belief it ending doesn't stick and the tragedy is lost. Poor Dave.
I really thought this was an excellent movie. I enjoyed it far more than I expected since I don't really like Eastwood as a director. The pace of the film was quite low but through gripping staging, lighting and acting it held my attention all the way to the end. Furthermore it motivated me to change my hypotheses on what was going on every other 10 minutes. Great movie, although it might lack re-watch value.
A movie that rolled on my head against the obvious hunches had a mystic way to travel from the horrors of sexual abuse to the grief of remorse. "A king knows what to do and does it" says Annabeth with no regret whatsoever, and the truth is it's real. We protect ours before the others, sometimes whatever the cost. This movie shows there's no destiny, no luck, no second chances; there is what's real and what's not.