Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Review The Mule (2018)

#TheMule (2018): 6/10

Clint Eastwood directs and stars in The Mule, a film inspired by a World War II veteran in the 1980’s, who became the world’s oldest and most prolific drug mule for the Sinaloa Cartel. The film marks the second collaboration between Eastwood and writer Nick Schenk after ‘Gran Torino’.

Eastwood and Schenk do well to make the story captivating but not too unbelievable. Eastwood’s character Earle is infectious and dry-witted, a charming man who is instantly likeable and interesting to follow. His charm does not appear work on his family as well however due to his constant neglect of his duties as a father, grandfather and husband, instead treating to his precious crop of lilies and travelling the country.

Bradley Cooper (‘A Star Is Born’) and Michael Pena (‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’) are along for the ride as wisecracking DEA agents desperate for a bust. In truth though, this part of the plot feels a little disjointed from the rest to begin with; the DEA’s attempts to crack down on drug smuggling in the area doesn’t seem to fit in with the slow-burn chill of Earle’s journey, but as the story unfolds, it becomes clear that their paths will inevitably cross.

Not the most exhilarating film you’re likely to see in 2019 for sure, but The Mule is a touching tale of one man trying to reconnect with his estranged loved ones before it’s too late, with a little drama and dash of cheekiness thrown in for good measure. Worth a watch.

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