What did everyone think of Clint’s latest outing? Just curious to know. I had kept my expectations reasonably low considering his age, but of course I was happy, and somewhat excited, to see him in a new film - and a semi-western, no less. Even now he is still great to watch, and I enjoyed it for what it was in a charming sort of way. Kind of like seeing an old friend again.
It was kind of a slow, easing-going movie, but not entirely. The chemistry between he and the kid was, I thought, great, as well as with the woman he grows close to in Mexico. There were a lot of good performances in this, and I think that redeems it for the lack of punch overall. I wasn’t expecting fireworks, but I was left feeling slightly unsure of how I felt about it in the end - I certainly enjoyed his previous one ‘The Mule’ much better.
Thinking on it now, a year later, I was just wondering what other’s views were on it, and if anyone else felt the same way - slightly underwhelmed, but also charming and heart-warming to see.
As to be expected this is a late-life film, very autumnal, and minimal in Clint’s usual approach. In musical terms, it has the connotations of a chamber piece. Clint still has it in him to provide good entertainment, drawing on decades of expertise, but realizing again that he can not repeat himself. Instead, he supplies another example of aging and the relationship to different generations. Take the film on ots merits - and enjoy.
I also liked The Mule quite a bit, which also seemed to receive similar criticism to Cry Macho. Strangely, much of the complaints I’ve seen involved Clint being old and looking frail or some such nonsense… yeah, he’s gotten older? Big deal? People don’t like seeing their cowboy hero looking old and thin… very strange
My enjoyment for these films inspired me to catch up on some of Clint’s other more recent works I had missed like Gran Torino, another one I thought was very good. Of course all of these films have several “PC” complaints about Clint the white guy, I don’t care about any of that…
Cry Macho & The Mule were both very good and I will certainly watch them both again. Making films is what he does, and if he’s not done yet, then great. The fact he has continued to make good films is impressive in itself
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