Cry Macho

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

So what do you think about Macho now?

A neo-western roadtrip drama starring a young, flawed amateur rookie alongside quite possibly the most experienced actor/director alive, maybe even all-time. At 91 years old, Clint Eastwood is directing and playing the lead in yet another major motion picture. That’s ridiculous. He was his usual old man character that doesn’t seem to vary much from film to film. But he’s damn good at it. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, Eduardo Minett was cast in a gigantic role without any movie experience whatsoever and it shows. I tried to ignore it, but his character is too vital to the story to let it slide. The dynamic between their two characters just wasn’t at the level it needed to be in order to captivate the audience. I didn’t want to mention it, but their relationship is not unlike the one in Gran Torino, also directed by and starring Eastwood. Just not as well written or well acted.

The film was shot nicely and captured the handsome desert landscape beautifully, but the generic score kind of steered the tone in a weird modern country direction that didn’t quite work. The story was mostly pedestrian with some mildly exciting moments, but it does tend to drag despite its relatively short runtime. There are some questionable plot points and weak dialogue, but I guess it has its charm.

2021 Films – Ranked

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