Excerpt: In the pantheon of his directorial efforts, The Mule may be something of a mixed bag. And yet, it’s also one of Eastwood’s sincerest and heartfelt offerings, reaching some surprisingly melancholy heights as regards regret and missed opportunities to do the right thing. Compared to his earlier 2018 release, the experimentally staged The 15:17 to Paris, this is at least a return to Eastwood’s particular craftmanship which allowed for the success of an American Sniper or 2016’s Sully.
Excerpt: This ripped-from-the-headlines story about a 90-year-old horticulturist and war vet turned drug mule is practically retrofitted to Clint Eastwood’s cinematic sensibilities, yet the delivery feels nothing short of muted and manufactured.
Excerpt: Welcome to Peak Apologetics for the Bullshit of White Men, replete with many appalling messages about their endless entitlement to redemption and forgiveness. And as a bonus, it’s racist and sexist.