The Mule (2018)
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This movie was pretty entertaining, their some scenes I enjoyed laughing and some I was sad. Regret hurts. You wish you could turn back the clock. Clint Eastwood presents that wonderfully in this movie. This is a great film to see.
This new movie , directed and featuring Clint Eastwood, has a good enough story. Eastwood plays a 90 year old man who becomes a mule for a drug cartel, driving and delivering large quantities of cocaine. He begins this job to earn enough money to pay for his family member's expenses, so that he can win their trust again. Later on , he decides to continue with it because the drug cartel bosses and members also seem to respect him, and , and like him. "The Mule" likes to be the centre of attention - something which all the senior people crave for. Cheers , Mr Clint Eastwood, you still shine brightly enough on-screen.
The Mule is up there with his best films such as Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven, Letters from Iwo Jima, American Sniper and Mystic River. The Mule is an Instant classic. At his age of 88, it is hard to imagine he has many more great films left in him but if not, he will certainly go out on a high note with this masterpiece!
This is one not to be missed. It deserves a lot of attention come Oscar time!
Eastwood portrays Earl Stone, a mild-mannered hardworking horticulturalist who became a champion drug mule for the cartels as law enforcement was completely blind to his low-key but highly effective operations. Enter Bradley Cooper as the dedicated DEA agent who has to muster considerable time and resources to even begin to piece things together and Michael Pena as his partner. Dianne Weist offers a sympathetic turn as Stone's long-suffering ex-wife. Andy Garcia is good fun as the drug lord who is pleased with the old mercenary's hard work.
Although this film covers a grim story, it has a light-hearted feel for many stretches and a refreshing sense of humor. Eastwood himself is absolutely compelling as an old man who suddenly finds himself awash in money from an illegal enterprise and seeing the world from a different angle; here, Clint reminds us how huge a screen presence he has no matter how old he gets.
I'm not sure what many critics have missed with this film but hopefully audiences will take note. Eastwood has given us another great film and one of his best performances ever in this crackerjack drama. Highly recommended.
The film finally ends up souring its perspective on responsibility with a hardened take on the limits of the American dream.
1. a completely random guy who sees him get into a domestic argument gives him a cartel business card to get him into this whole thing 2. The writing is so lazy it makes me angry. Cartels start LLCs for towing companies to tow random cars filled wiith drugs so they wont get charged, they weld tons of cocaine into ships, they fly hundreds of pounds and do aerial drops. But they need clint eastwood to drive 50 kilos at a time...what??? 3. Clint eastwoods character is such a good guy muling and then giving the money to the community but at the same time having no problem stopping to have threesomes with hookers 4. There are two threesomes involving clint eastwood in this movie, dude has probably not been able to do that since before 9/11 5. Randomly people in the cartel grow a conscious 6. He goes missing with 2 mil worth of coke for 12 days but gets invited to thanksgiving dinner with his family. You steal cartel cocaine your family is dead within 48 hours. 7. BORING. BORING. BORING. there is no action in this film at all. 8. the cop side is just my boss is coming down on me we need busts 9. the "comedy" in this film is really just racism. There are multiple times clint eastwood says blatently racist things including a form of the N word and its supposed to be funny. 10. Clint eastwood complains about technology and the younger generation constantly. including a 30ish year old man who doesnt know how to change a tire and telling a guy an ice machine would work better if he didnt have his phone in his hand.
TLDR; writing sucks, acting sucks, characters suck, story sucks, movie sucks.
Although The Mule is riddled with cliché and improbability, you'd not be an ass to see it. Why? Because Clint Eastwood stars and directs in a small thriller, so bold and silly as to have Andy Garcia a drug king and Eastwood's 90-year-old Earl dispatch two heavy duty thugs. But the absurdity is not what this semi-sentimental family cum cartel caper affecting.
Earl is old as the hills and looks it; so much for romanticizing this Hollywood icon. Yet, his age and seeming enfeeblement add a gravity, along with the weight of the persona Eastwood brings after decades in front and behind the camera. When Earl speaks, it's not in flowery language, even though flowers are a prominent motif, but in experience-speak, making us aware that both character and director/star have little time left to mince words. He's a joy to watch as his Earl takes to being a drug mule to get money.
The theme of dedication to family occurs in almost too heavy a motif especially as Earl converses with DEA agent Colin Bates (Bradley Cooper). Perhaps like Eastwood's many hours of golf at Pebble Beach and maybe too few at Malpaso Ranch, Earl also is painfully aware that he has forsaken family, in his case for his beloved flowers.
He's a late bloomer when it comes to reconciling with family for his absences, but come back he does. That return, the goal of the film, is couched in reality, so writers Sam Dolnick and Nick Schenk satisfy us with a slice of comeuppance and sentimentality not far from the way things ought to be.
I hope Eastwood doesn't do an Earl or for that matter a Candide, and go back to the flowers. The Mule shows him still to have it in front and back of the camera. Otherwise, he'd be truly "unforgiven" for forsaking his talents to old age:
"Death closes all: but something ere the end, Some work of noble note, may yet be done . . . ." Ulysses