In the era of horrible style also known as the seventies, thank goodness for Michael Caine. Despite the ridiculous sideburns and excessive hair gel, his beautiful blond curls break free and wave to the audience, reminding the ladies that he's not confined by the hairdo of the decade. If you never really thought of Michael Caine as a sex symbol, you've obviously never seen Get Carter. Get Carter, one of his most famous films of that time period, shows off every single one of his talents, illustrating why he was and is such a fantastic icon.
The plot is simple: Michael Caine's brother was killed, and he sets out to make the bad guys pay. If you like vigilante justice movies, you'll love watching one of the earliest examples of the genre. While the beginning is a little slow, just remind yourself that it was made in 1971, and all movies were practically required to have slow starts back then.
However, because of Michael Caine's acting chops, the film is much more than just a vigilante justice movie. Yes, he goes around killing bad guys, but his face shows so much more emotion than is written out in the dialogue. When he learns some unpleasant family secrets, he's hurt, disgusted, guilty, angry, and remorseful-all in about three seconds of a close-up. He switches his persona from scene to scene, easily convincing audiences that he's completely in the moment and aware of his intentions, whether he's mourning the loss of a life or taking someone's life. The same man whose eyes brim with tears turns hard and callous when he threatens bad guys. He's incredibly seductive with every woman he meets, and while his one-track mind is visible to the audience, in an instant he turns the charm off and returns to his main goal. It's awe-some, and a bit frightening; from a woman's point of view, if Michael Caine's character were real, I know it would be dangerous to get involved but it would also be impossible to resist him.
One aspect of the film that I liked was the lack of gore, and once again that's due to the time period of its production. There's plenty of violence, but very little blood, and the tone isn't at all diminished. At the same time, while the violence was toned down, the sexual material was ramped up, earning an X rating during its initial release. Now, since movies are much more violent and have frequent sex scenes, it's been given an R rating. But boy, are those scenes steamy, even by today's standards! I don't think it's possible to watch this movie and not develop a massive crush on Michael Caine. If any part of you doubts me, give it a watch and get ready to fall in lust.
Kiddy warning: Obviously, you have control over your own children. However, due to nudity and graphic sex scenes, I wouldn't let my kids watch this movie.