While the plot is conventional in most respects, Clint Eastwood does a great job of playing a man at the end of his life, showing a fragility that is so different from all the roles that preceded it. While he has no less piss-n-vinegar in his spirit, his character has the weaknesses that go with age, that force him to adjust and come to terms with his mortality.
I'ts not a GREAT film but it's a good one, and the personal values that Eastwood's character holds to are some with which I agree. I saw a lot of my own father in the man that he played. A lot of that had to do with the generation that was depicted (Eastwood's character is a Korean war veteran).
Well worth going to and cheering for. He makes no bones about how he feels and doesn't hesitate to follow his own lights when situations get tense. I liked it. Hey, how can you not like a movie where the guy carries a 1911 and a Garand to a fight?