The Mule

I went to Universal a couple of weeks ago to hit up all their Christmas stuff, but I didn’t feel like staying late enough to see the Hogwarts snowfall thing. I was kinda bummed about missing it, but needed my chill time on the couch at home. Then an idea hit me. I could race to Universal after work on day, see the snowfall, then catch a movie at the City Walk. mission accomplished

The movie was The Mule, the latest offering from actor/director legend Clint Eastwood. He’s a regretful old man who time after time chose his work over his family, to where he now finds himself with neither. Out of desperation, he takes a job “just driving”, which he later finds has him transporting drugs across state lines. Turns out, he’s really really good at it, and earns more and more favor and bigger and bigger payoffs from the druglords. But earning back his family will be more difficult, especially as the DEA are on his trail.

The film felt a little light, like it was missing something to give it some power. Still, I really enjoyed it. What drew me in was the character relationships. He started out very fish out of water when he’d be dealing with the gangbangers, but they found a way to relate to each other. To be clear, this is not meant to be a beautiful story of friendship across races ( that was Gran Torino). Watching this in LA, which has a large

Hispanic population, there were a lot of us who could understand some of the nuances that weren’t translated in the subtitles. Lots of giggles throughout the auditorium for the insults they’d trade.

Hispanic population, there were a lot of us who could understand some of the nuances that weren’t translated in the subtitles. Lots of giggles throughout the auditorium for the insults they’d trade.

The other relationship that I loved seeing play out was in the scant scenes that Client Eastwood shared with Bradley Cooper. This is their second collab after American Sniper, but this follows Cooper’s powerful debut as a director with A Star is Born. You could see the passing of the torch on screen from one legend on both sides of the camera to the next one. There was certainly a beauty to it.

The Mule – \m/ \m/ \m/

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