4/10 I figured for my 100th theatrical movie review of 2021, I would watch the movie from the director who is nearly 100 years old himself. Despite this not being a good movie, there is no denying how insanely impressive it is that a 91 year old man has the energy to produce, act and direct a movie when he is almost a century old. While not nearly as strong as his last directorial effort (the underrated “Richard Jewell”) or even as solid as his last acting job (“The Mule”), there is still something charismatic and soothing about seeing Clint Eastwood act. Like seeing a friend you haven’t seen in years and picking back up where you left off, Eastwood’s familiar presence helps audiences swallow this pill. His cranky old man personality that his character has not only becomes more and more relatable as time goes on, but provides the movie’s humor that was much needed. In addition to Eastwood still being able to carry a movie and the much needed humor, the score was fitting and the production and costume designs were spot on. Unfortunately, it is the script and story which bring the movie down. The sad fact is that this movie is rather bland and lifeless. Character relationships develop unrealistically fast as Eastwood’s character, Mike, goes from completely annoyed with Rafo to the kid growing on him within about two scenes. It all felt rushed and I didn’t buy it. One of the most unrealistic parts of the movie is the fact that not one but two beautiful women essentially throw themselves at Mike, which in one case I could maybe be convinced of that happening but earlier on in the movie when it happens I just kept thinking that there was no way. The movie only has a couple of exciting moments but other than that it just drags along. You won’t be wowed, excited or blown away by anything in this movie. The movie is overly sentimental and even though I don’t blame Eastwood for being sentimental (what person living past 90 isn’t?!), the sentimentality doesn’t equate to a great time at the movie theater. We don’t know much about certain characters and the script teases that Rafo’s dad is only using his son but by the time the ending comes about, we have no answers on if he is in fact using him or if he genuinely wants to have his son back. However, by the time the end credits begin to roll, we don’t really care. The past couple Eastwood films have been solid but “Cry Macho” is a step backwards. Since Eastwood seems to have no plans of retiring or dying, hopefully his next directorial effort will get its bite back.
 
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