I hate to say it, but this was not some of Clint Eastwood’s better work. I just checked Clint’s filmography at RottenTomatoes and it’s a mixed bag. He’s had some home runs but also struck out on a few. This was definitely a strikeout.
The critics currently rate Cry Macho at a 51% clip and the audience at 64%. I think the bump in the audience score is largely due to the reputation Eastwood has. Some people have a hard time criticizing him. I do too, but I feel my first responsibility is to the ticket-buying audience.
What’s wrong with this movie?
There’s very little emotional payoff to any of the character arcs. My feeling when the movie was over was, “What was the point of any of that?” There were so many different ways it could have gone that had more potential.
Spoiler plot suggestion
Don’t read unless you’ve seen the movie.
The acting in this movie was the worst I’ve seen in some time. There were numerous scenes where the acting was downright cringe-worthy. I think the only actor in the movie that was consistently good was Natalia Traven (Marta).
If you’re a huge Clint Eastwood fan then you probably feel compelled to see this, but do yourself a favor — it’s not worth seeing in a theater. Just wait for it to stream, and if you’re lucky you’ll forget all about it by then and save yourself the disappointment.
|Rating:||[PG-13] Thematic Elements | Language|
|Release Date:||September 17, 2021|
|Starring:||Clint Eastwood, Dwight Yoakam, Fernanda Urrejola|
|Writer(s):||Nick Schenk, N. Richard Nash|
|Genres:||Drama | Thriller | Western|
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