In stark contrast to the gushing reviews Marvel’s "Afrocentric/feminist" Black Panther has received, Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris has been initially panned by many critics. We’re taking a wild guess here in assuming that’s because Eastwood is openly conservative and his film exposes the evils of Islam.
Eastwood continues giving fans the stories of real American heroes, in this case two servicemen and their friend who thwarted a terrorist attack in 2015 on a Pairs-bound train from Amsterdam. Eastwood added to the realism by casting the actual heroes to play themselves.
The movie opens this weekend in the US but premiered in France on Wednesday. As the AFP reported, “[T]he drama took a battering from critics.” A Parisien newspaper said the movie was “tedious” in showing the men growing up in Catholic families and the critic “thought the projectionist had put on the wrong film for the first quarter of an hour.”
Others said “an incredible story does not make a good film.” A British critic said that when Warner Brothers didn’t offer advance screenings to critics, he took that as a sign that the film was bad.
The Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips said The 15:17 to Paris “stalls at the station” and “lacks a storytelling compass.”
At least there was one Progressive film critic who said not to believe the “mixed or bad reviews coming in early.”
“I found it fascinating and much more complicated than a snarky dismissal,” wrote Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman.
“You know, I’m Jewish and liberal, so ‘patriotic’ and ‘Christian’ aren’t two of the things I warm to in movies necessarily,” he added. “I’m already seeing in some reviews some idea that Eastwood is pushing a religious agenda or whatever. Nonsense. He’s accurately depicting these people.”
Despite the critiques from those living in the bubble, Friedman said Eastwood’s film “will resonate in the heartland.” That’s usually where non-social justice, non-agenda-driven films resonate, like Eastwood's Oscar-nominated blockbuster American Sniper.