The film starts out fun, the scene of Eastwood destroying a city block while enjoying a hot dog is a sublime balance between advocating the films conservative politics, but also not taking them too seriously. But as the film progresses this fades away and the film drags under the weight of its ludicrous message.
Weird that the movie is named after the passive,often audience surrogate feeling character and not the dynamic person who is clearly the focus of the film. Not sure if that is a marketing decision or an artistic one. The whole movies seems slightly confused in this way. It can be a really interesting character piece, but also feels very hurt by its closeness to the times it was made. its views on a conservative/liberal divide seem muddy and cartoonish. It is not a bad film, there is a lot of great things here, but a flawed one to be sure.