Over the weekend, I finally gotten around to watching Clint Eastwood’s latest acting role, “The Mule” and which he also directed. I’ve been wanting to see this film for a long while since I’ve never gotten a chance to see it in theater although I wanted to. So I figured I would order the BluRay from amazon since NY State is in strict lockdown still.
I watched this over the weekend and thought it was another winner for Eastwood. Freakin’ loved it actually. This film has gotten mixed reviews but I thought the whole film was fine to me. I don’t have any complaints at all… the film had good acting by the whole cast all around, good direction by Eastwood and good writing too.
“The Mule” was inspired by the real life story of Leo Sharp, who was actually an old man who smuggled drugs for a Mexican cartel. Of course, Clint’s version he plays Earl Stone, a horticulturist and Korean War veteran who got himself into drug smuggling for a Mexican drug cartel ’cause he was desperate for money and Earl didn’t know what he was getting himself into after all that time.
The film is a crime drama yes but it’s so refreshing and different to see a crime drama that doesn’t include a lot of violence and tough guy cops. You won’t see any of that in this movie at all. Seeing crime dramas with tough guy cops and intelligent detectives that can solve difficult crimes quickly can get old and tiresome. In this film, “The Mule”, you’ll see something that can happen for real.
While the entire cast did a great job with the acting, I was of course most impressed with Clint. Oh man, Clint can still act even at 90 years old. People always questioned his acting skills at an old age but he can still do it and he can prove them wrong each time. Clint can still do leading roles pretty well. I was kind of shocked to see that Clint had a lot of screen time as you’ll see him throughout the entire movie pretty much. I don’t think this will be his last acting role either as I think he’ll keep acting as long as he’s still alive. What I’m saying is Clint still got it. He can still play the grumpy old man kind of role really well.
I thought “The Mule” was one of his best new films for sure.
It’s going to be interesting to see what’s next for Eastwood now that he’s got “Richard Jewell” and “The Mule” out of the way which are both excellent movies. No new film has been announced by Clint yet but I’m sure he will find something. I love Clint Eastwood movies as I’ve always been a massive fan and trying to watch as many as I can. There’s so many older Eastwood movies I’ve never seen before and trying to get to them. Keep in mind, though, I don’t enjoy every Clint film I’ve seen… he did make a few stinkers like I said in a post before but he is an amazing talent for the most part.
It’ll be interesting to see what he’ll do next. With America in a pandemic and I’m sure Clint is stuck at home like the rest of us, I’m sure he has a lot more time on his hands and I’m sure he’s going through a bunch of scripts to choose his next project. I’m sure Hollywood will get back to work real soon, hopefully.