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Thread: Cry Macho (Clint Eastwood)

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    Cry Macho (Clint Eastwood)


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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    "I don't know how to cure old."

    On one hand, the lead's arc of accepting his own age (both in fame and physical) is baffling for Eastwood the actor to play it -- the original choice of then-64-years-old Schwarzenegger would make far more sense. And it necessitates some torturous writing/direction, where the plot needs to put the character into some dangerous situations, but not so dangerous that the actor wouldn't be able to handle them (the funniest is a police raid at a cockfight ring, which has Eastwood shuffles over to a stack of boxes to hide behind them, then comes shuffling back when the place is emptied).

    On the other hand, Eastwood's visage comes with exactly the right kind of genre history and persona for built-in poignancy, in which his still-strong presence as actor matches so well with reveling in the pastoral of late-life hangout vibe. In fact, the story should have been reconfigured to have its overall arc of barely-there-anyway thriller skeleton removed. Not only would that do away with the aforementioned shaky "dangerous" scenes with Eastwood, but it would help lessen the strained acting of his young onscreen partner Eduardo Minett, who is so out of his depth in more dramatic situations.

    Because Eastwood's real strength and interest seem to lie in the second act, where the pair hide out (or hang out, really) in a small Mexican village, striking up friendships and even romance, and generally ruminating with some hard-earned wisdom about old man's regrets and young boy's future. Charm and grace of everyday moments in life's twilight phase abound in this section, encapsulated best by one breathtaking shot towards the film's beginning, where Eastwood's silhouette leans down into the earth amidst the stunning western vista of background sunset. 6/10
    Midnight Run (1988) - 9
    The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) - 8.5
    The Adventures of Robinhood (1938) - 8
    Sisters (1973) - 6.5
    Shin Godzilla (2016) - 7.5

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