“The Mule” (2018)

Say what you will about Clint Eastwood, but the fact that he both directed and stared in a film like this at 88 years old is an incredible accomplishment. This interesting and melancholy tale is solid, if unspectacular. Most of the film is focused on the drug runs, which is fine, but then when the film wants you to feel an emotional connection between him and his family, it doesn’t feel earned. The film also spends way too much time on the DEA officers who eventually catch Earl, most of it being spent on making political points. Still, the story is engaging and moves at a steady pace, and Eastwood’s performance is great. It’s a good, solid film.

Rating: 3.5/5

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