mystic river

We went to see it last night. Sean Penn was, as usual, unbelievably good, and the rest of the cast wasn’t bad at all (though I had a hard time believing in Kevin Bacon’s character.) The movie was beautifully shot, and I was impressed by Eastwood’s ability to deal with material so different from his usual fare. I thought the movie was pitch perfect until the last two or three minutes, which I found incredibly schmaltzy. But neither of the two reviews I read seem to have that problem.