The Mule surrounds Earl Stone (Clint Eastwood) as he becomes a mule for the Mexican cartel once his flower business fails, he’s estranged from his family and wants to get back into their good graces.
I am not a big fan of Clint Eastwood’s movies recently, but this is one of his better ones. The film is actually pretty humorous, my favorite part of the film was Eastwood saying insults in Spanish. It’s a straightforward film and fairly predictable, but Eastwood gives a good performance.
However, to me, there wasn’t any tension in this film with the various close calls with law enforcement Eastwood runs into because you know the cops aren’t going to suspect him. The cartel didn’t come off as intimidating either really. I also find it hard to believe that you can be a workaholic and have no time for your family because you are taking care of flowers.
Also, Clint Eastwood is super old in this film – he is a crusty, smelly old man. There is no way in hell that hot young women would be dancing and flirting with him. There are various racial slurs thrown in casually, and while it’s not meant with any malice, it still took me back a bit.
I figured that Clint Eastwood decided to star in this role to make himself still seem cool. He’s funny, good with the ladies, and gets to say things like how the internet is ruining us and how the younger generation is on their cell phones too much.
At the end of the day, The Mule, isn’t a bad film. Eastwood is good in the role, and though I had some major nitpicks with it, I still enjoyed myself a bit. I give The Mule a C.