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Title: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 12, 2021, 01:06:22 AM
Cry Macho opens in the US this week, so it's time to get our traditional "members' comments" threads started.

In this thread, spoilers are allowed. Anyone who has seen Cry Macho and has more to say than can be safely posted in the "No Spoilers" thread, please give us your thoughts, comments or full-fledged review.
Title: Re: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: antonis on September 16, 2021, 12:39:06 PM
Just came back from the theater.
I originally wanted to post at the no spoilers thread but then I thought that there are no spoilers to reveal.
The whole movie is on the trailer.
The film has great cinematography, believable characters & above average acting.Great score also.
The main fact is that nothing really happens on screen. A road movie with no drama just Clint walking or driving around for a couple of hours while giving lessons of life & humanity to his companion (Rafo is played better than Gran Torino's Thao apparently).
That's fine for us members of the board but not friendly for the average moviegoer.
Overall a slow paced road movie and an interesting addition to Mr Eastwood's filmography,who seems to expand his legacy as far as his ageing allows.
4/5 for me.
Title: Re: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: antonis on September 17, 2021, 03:03:01 AM
On second thought...
This is Mr Eastwood's most Japanese film to this day.
I didn't forget about Letters . The rythm is I'm talking about
Title: Re: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: exit00 on September 17, 2021, 03:53:04 PM
Saw the movie today at 12:30 and a pretty decent crowd of around 25 people (all who appeared older than me!).  (One interesting note in the theater lobby, a film-goer was wearing a big brown poncho).

As for the film itself, I liked it a lot and it seem to grow on me as the movie went on.  Pretty much agree with most of what Antonis posted earlier.  Great score/music and cinematography.  Clint seems to love these stories about adult/kid learning life lessons thru each other.  Can't help but marvel at Clint at 91 riding horses and getting down easily to look under a car.  The easy-going story and tone kept reminding me of Honkytonk Man.
Title: Re: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: Klas on September 17, 2021, 07:53:44 PM
Just came back from the theater.
I originally wanted to post at the no spoilers thread but then I thought that there are no spoilers to reveal.
The whole movie is on the trailer.
The film has great cinematography, believable characters & above average acting.Great score also.
The main fact is that nothing really happens on screen. A road movie with no drama just Clint walking or driving around for a couple of hours while giving lessons of life & humanity to his companion (Rafo is played better than Gran Torino's Thao apparently).
That's fine for us members of the board but not friendly for the average moviegoer.
Overall a slow paced road movie and an interesting addition to Mr Eastwood's filmography,who seems to expand his legacy as far as his ageing allows.
4/5 for me.

I don?t think the whole movie was in the clips.  I was pleasantly surprised they did not falsely advertise this as an action movie by showing Eastwood pointing a gun threatenly.  The Mule made that mistake by showing cop raids and him slowly looking into the camera all bloody and seems to advertise a movie it wasn?t.
Title: Re: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: Klas on September 17, 2021, 07:56:03 PM
Saw the movie today at 12:30 and a pretty decent crowd of around 25 people (all who appeared older than me!).  (One interesting note in the theater lobby, a film-goer was wearing a big brown poncho).

As for the film itself, I liked it a lot and it seem to grow on me as the movie went on.  Pretty much agree with most of what Antonis posted earlier.  Great score/music and cinematography.  Clint seems to love these stories about adult/kid learning life lessons thru each other.  Can't help but marvel at Clint at 91 riding horses and getting down easily to look under a car.  The easy-going story and tone kept reminding me of Honkytonk Man.

Agreed.  I enjoyed it and was nice to see him in a cowboy hat, on a horse, and point a gun at someone.
Title: Re: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: Matt on September 18, 2021, 10:21:10 AM
I went to see it last night. It was my first time in a theater since COVID-19 hit. It was a Friday night, but I got a parking spot right outside the main entrance. This never happens at my theater -- typically you have to walk 4-5 minutes to get inside the theater.  I visited the bar before getting to my seat and ordered a Moscow Mule, and the people in line behind me overheard my order and started discussing The Mule and how they wouldn't miss seeing a 91 year old Clint Eastwood on screen for yet another of his films. I thought that was funny "Speaking of your Moscow Mule, did you see Clint's The Mule"?  Taking my seat, I found most seats in the small theater were taken - maybe 40-50 people. I'm in Tennessee, and there were plenty of older conservatives in the audience. The person next to me grumbled that they'd never buy a Samsung phone now, after seeing an ad showing a LGBTQ person with a Galaxy. It's strange to me how divided our country has become on social issues.

So, the movie starts, and the opening scene with Dwight Yoakam set my expectations at rock bottom. That was some of the worst acting I've ever seen. So I settled myself in for what I expected would be a very low effort film, and hoped there would be some value to it. There was the obligatory scene with a much younger woman wanting to sleep with Clint's character (well, she had ulterior motives, but that seems to be a theme in Clint films too -- women trying to bed Clint's character in order to get him into a vulnerable position, or for some other purpose). It made me think of the scene in True Crime and how many members here hated seeing Bob's wife in bed with Clint at his age. Well, here we have Clint 23 years older. Good thing that didn't happen.

Somewhere after that scene, about 20 minutes into the film, the film's best co-star makes an appearance -- Macho. And, it's all uphill from here. Yeah, there are some laugh-out-loud bad moments. And every scene with Dwight Yoakam is cringe. There are implausible scenarios in nearly every scene. There's every woman (even young girls) turning to butter with just a glance of Clint's steely blues. But, I was surprised to find that the film DIDN'T feel like it dragged on -- it just meandered in a pleasant way right to the last scene. The only spoiler - where Macho winds up at the end. And I won't spoil it, but I did find that one part of the film a bit too sentimental for my liking.

As usual, Clint has a few great one liners. My favorite:

Quote
I don't know how to fix old.

So, Clint has somehow managed to entertain me yet again. Cry Macho is by no means a great film, but it's an enjoyable piece of cinema and it's worth the price of admission.

6.5/10
Title: Re: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: john snow/targaryan on September 18, 2021, 01:58:47 PM
"So, Clint has somehow managed to entertain me yet again. Cry Macho is by no means a great film, but it's an enjoyable piece of cinema and it's worth the price of admission."

I think it all boils down to expectation. What is the expectation for a 91 yo who is starring and directing? Clint made his bones with primarily action movies. At 91, not realistic to expect anything other than a leisurely paced film.
Think we should all be happy that Clint is still in front of the camera.
Title: Re: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: Christopher on September 19, 2021, 04:54:47 PM
I wrote the absolute bare minimum thoughts in the spoiler free thread. Here I'll say that I think the movie is pretty forgettable. It reminded me a little of movies like Honkytonk Man and A Perfect World, but those are both far better movies. As I said in the other thread, I thought it was OK. I didn't dislike it, but I am glad that I just ended up watching it on HBO Max (they have a good deal going right now--undoubtedly as a way to get more subscribers).

I don't think the kid's story is necessarily going to end happily ever after--like Eastwood's character says, he'd be better off without either of his parents. So I was invested in him as a character, and am interested in knowing what happens with him. I did like the end for Eastwood's character. I was glad to see him just turn around at the American border, and just head back. Though given the romance angle there, I think this would have been better to have been made in the late '80s or sometime in the '90s (maybe the Bridges of Madison County era).
Title: Re: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: Perry on September 19, 2021, 08:31:14 PM

One of the big complaints I've read about Cry Macho among everything else is Eastwood is too old as Milo and the romantic scenario was far fetched and ridiculous. Considering the novel the character of Milo is about 40 years younger. I agree with you Christopher the movie should had been done 35 years ago.  At a 33 million dollar budget no way is this movie making 60-70 million at the box office to even break even or a profit. Also like you, when i saw the trailer some weeks ago i wasn't too enthused. Unless I drop by someones house who has HBO Max I doubt I'll be seeing this movie. For some reason it was the same feeling I had about 'Trouble With the Curve' which I ended up seeing a few years later on cable and didn't like at all. Boring movie. It doesn't please me to say this, but I think this will be Eastwood's last movie in front of the camera.
Title: Re: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: feymains on September 20, 2021, 01:50:51 PM
I watched it on HBO Max. One of his smaller films. I liked it for sure. The Trailer got it all wrong with how it was promoted. I think it might be time for Eastwood to get someone else to direct him. His mind is still sharp but the back surgery he had has taken a toll on him.
Title: Re: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: AKA23 on September 21, 2021, 12:29:48 PM
I saw this opening night and really did not like it. It was a very disappointing film for me, and I was not super excited about it based on the trailer and did not read any reviews prior to seeing it, so in this particular case, I don't think the problem was my enthusiasm for it going in. I'm okay with discussing why, but also don't want to dampen enthusiasm for the film here on the board either, so let me know if you want to hear via PM and we can discuss privately.
Title: Re: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: Perry on September 21, 2021, 06:07:10 PM


AKA23 I'd love to hear ..I have no plans on seeing the movie. Like you as I said before I didnt care for the trailer as well....
Title: Re: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: Klas on September 21, 2021, 09:03:14 PM

AKA23 I'd love to hear ..I have no plans on seeing the movie. Like you as I said before I didnt care for the trailer as well....

I thought the same - did not care for the trailer and it seemed to make the movie more sappy than it turned out to be.  I was pleasantly surprised.  It was nice to see Eastwood in front of the camera, in a cowboy hat, on a horse and pointing a gun at someone.  It reminded me how much his acting presence has been missed and, as someone said here earlier, most likely his last acting role.  I enjoyed it more than The Mule or Trouble With The Curve.
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Post by: Christopher on September 22, 2021, 09:31:35 AM
AKA, I think it'd be fine to go ahead and go into it in the spoilers thread. The others that are waiting a few months to see it may stay away from this thread anyhow.
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Post by: Rawhide7 on September 23, 2021, 01:41:33 PM
Just got back from seeing it at the theatre. Agreed Christopher would be better if made 30 yrs ago. It is a pretty slow paced film. Really never got me excited. I was looking for it to get better as it went along or to have a strong ending. Neither happened, other then a few decent scenes.  It needed to have a few great redeeming moments just never happened.  With all that said was cool seeing Eastwood act again. And wearing a cowboy hat and pointing a gun like others have said.  I like trouble with the curve and The Mule better. But I'm a baseball fan and The mule first time seeing I didn't care for it. But watching it a few times now I actually love The Mule. I'm hoping Cry Macho will grow on me more the more I see it.  It is a watchable movie for me. I'm hoping I will like it a bit better more I see it. And I'm hoping Eastwood acts again. Would like to see him end on a little better movie.
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Post by: Jed Cooper on October 06, 2021, 11:47:13 AM
I took my girlfriend Cydney to see this during the films? premiere weekend.  I haven?t been this underwhelmed since Blood Work but I don?t mind.  I consider seeing a Clint Eastwood movie in a theater a privilege.  I?ve been a fan going on forty years now, what feels like a lifetime.  Clint is the man.  There are better actors but Eastwood is my favorite above and beyond all others. 

His performance is so well done, laid back and effortless it?s almost as if you?re peeking in on a day in the life of Mr. Eastwood.  That in of itself makes it worthy of my effort to see it on the big screen.  It was very much worth it and I?m looking forward to another viewing.  I wonder what his next movie will be.  I just hope he?s in it.
Title: Re: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: antonis on October 07, 2021, 12:02:06 PM
Saw it again .Liked it better this time. Nobody mentioned it yet but at the end of the credits there is a dedication to Alan (Murray I suppose)
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Post by: bledstein on October 07, 2021, 08:40:52 PM

I liked it more than The Mule, but I don't think it's the best way to end his acting career on top. I want him to end his acting career with a great movie.
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Post by: AKA23 on October 08, 2021, 09:02:25 AM
I have a hard time understanding how anyone could like this better than "The Mule," which to me was better written, better acted, and had a more compelling story. Eastwood's performance also had a lot more energy to it in "The Mule" and his character arc was more developed and interesting. For those that like this better, why do you say that? What was better to you?
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Post by: bledstein on October 08, 2021, 11:19:59 AM
The Mule wasn't very suspenseful at all for either the drug cartels or DEA after Eastwood. The pacing is surprisingly casual and it had laid back music. None of the music in the trailer was in the movie and certain scenes in the trailer were irrelevant. I do like the family aspect about how many regrets he has not being with his family. There were a few funny parts, but as a crime movie, the good guys and bad guys were blah. Not a bad choice, but his previous three as an actor were better. The best part was the last act, but not enough for me to recommend the movie.
Title: Re: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: AKA23 on October 09, 2021, 04:50:15 PM
Thanks for answering this. I don't disagree with you about "The Mule." I've said on the board how I would have preferred a darker movie along the lines of "Breaking Bad" rather than the lighter movie Eastwood chose to make. I really like the score though!

"Cry Macho" didn't have any suspense though, so why did you feel that it was a better movie? I understand your feelings about "The Mule on its own, but I still don't understand why you prefer "Cry Macho" to it.
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Post by: bledstein on October 09, 2021, 04:54:56 PM
Cry Macho wasn't strongly suspenseful either, but I thought the story was more interesting since it wasn't as repetitive. Also, it balanced drama, comedy and suspense pretty well. It does have similarities to The Gauntlet and A Perfect World, but the relationship with Mike and Rafo are interesting and well written. It was also paced better. Nothing amazing, though. I hope he ends his career on a high note with the possible project Last Ride West discussed online.
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Post by: batfunk2 on November 12, 2021, 06:15:41 PM
Cowboys hide to die ...

I'm coming out movies theatre, nice movie: D What is indeed fascinating is the incredible freedom and conviction of Eastwood, who gives us a film with a totally outdated and anachronistic subject ...: shock:
In the majestic intro (splendid photo and scope), Eastwood seems to gently mock his legendary status, revealing himself at the last minute. And Eastwood's limping gait, as in The Mule, makes my heart twinge. The film starts badly, with an arrival in Mexico and the meeting with an alcoholic milf on the return, who openly flirt with our nonagenarian. Ouch. We are far from the sympathetic portrait of the bosses of The Mule ...
It does not get better with the discovery of the kid to be recovered, an unbearable kid in his skin, straight out of acting school(big casting error, rare from Eastwood). And gradually, everything returns to order: in contact with Eastwood, the kid settles down and plays more naturally, the arrival in the village community brings a human warmth, always dear to Eastwood  (Bronco Billy , Every Which way but loose... )
Place of the community in human well-being, sense of mutual aid, simplicity of essential needs (love, friendship, family) nothing new under the sun, therefore, but it is always put forward with exemplary sincerity. We can note perhaps a sober and welcome comment, on religious identity today and this observation that as we get older, we do not know more.
Eastwood continues, without deviating, to take stock of his life, also evoking the ghosts of the past: a disturbing Dwight Yoakam dressed like Michael Cimino, the form of the road movie, the americana of  Honky Tonk man. When I left the room, Mike Milo reminded me of an appeaased William Munny, who after having mourned his wife, would have decided to enjoy life again ... at 91 years old: D

 Flawed and minor work but which enriches the popular and endearing part of the Eastwood filmography.

6.5 / 10

Ps:  Mancina's soundtrack is very good, sober, and perfectly suited to this Mexican road movie: wink:. I thought I also gave a nod from Eastwood to Arturo Sandoval, via a map of a building bearing his name ...
Title: Re: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: Christopher on November 14, 2021, 12:56:38 PM
Nice review, batfunk. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.
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Post by: batfunk2 on November 15, 2021, 08:01:40 AM
You're welcome..i think that american critics are way too harsh whis the movie. It's a gentle movie with bad casting(Dwight Yoakam is barely average too) . Strangely, casting director is the same since four movies, so such an error is unexplainable... Eastwood will lose a lot of Money with this one  and it's partially justified, script is awkard too.

I love Eastwood acting but i really think he should retire from screen or, at least, adapt his character to  his advanced age.He's  a great grandfather, he has just to play a sarcastic, fun or beloved one.Punching a 35 years old Man, come on...  ;DThe offset beetween his character and his physical shape is too large now and i really fear to see him losing his acting on screen, it would be such an humiliation... Eastwood knows  his actor career is on the end, that's why we  saw him twice in a couple of  years, it's  a swan song...  :'(

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Post by: Perry on November 15, 2021, 02:29:20 PM

The character of Milo in the novel was at least 50 years younger so I really didn't understand why he did this movie now. I'm not going to totally vilify Eastwood for this movie because since Gran Torino with the exception of The Mule and American Sniper his movies have not been box office hits or mistakes and I personally haven't found any great desire to see most of those movies since GT. In many ways it's not even about being a bad movie or a mistake. It's more about there really isn't a audience anymore for Eastwood in any large degree. Hollywood and the degree of movies being produced has changed dramatically and not for the better. I do agree I hope he directs continually, but I felt he needed to give up acting even before Trouble With The Curve which was a mediocre movie and his character just seemed like a retread Walt Kowalski. In time if I ever see Cry Macho I'll have a different opinion...
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Post by: Perry on November 15, 2021, 02:33:10 PM


         " I've said on the board how I would have preferred a darker movie along the lines of "Breaking Bad" rather than the lighter movie Eastwood chose to make.


100% agree........
Title: Re: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: Macpherson on November 16, 2021, 02:56:03 AM
Having seen Cry Macho twice, I'll use two quotes from critics to sum up my feelings..

"There's a languid, lackadaisical quality to Cry Macho that might be misconstrued as lack of depth, but therein lies it's deceptive charm. This is a filmmaker with nothing left to prove, a living legend reflecting on himself and his own mythology in ways that are rarely seen on screen. It's an elegiac western that feels like a reflective summation of an entire career. Minor Eastwood? No. This is the work of a major filmmaker refusing to go quietly into that good night."
Matthew Lucas -  From the Front Row

"And it's hard to look at Cry Macho and not see that kind of final film, one completely at peace with all the disappointment, regret and heartbreak that's come before and the short but wondrous amount of time that lies immediately ahead."
Glenn Heath - The Film Stage
Title: Re: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: Hocine on November 17, 2021, 08:01:17 PM
Hi everyone,

I have seen Cry Macho on November 9th in Paris, France. The screening was at 8 pm. The cinema theater was half full at the most.

First of all, I have to say that I really enjoyed Cry Macho. It is not among the best Clint Eastwood movies nor among the worst ones. I enjoyed Cry Macho more than Trouble with the Curve, for sure. I think that Cry Macho is a good piece companion to The Mule. On the other hand, I can understand the disappointment of many critics and film goers. If someone does not know Clint Eastwood films and wants to discover them, Cry Macho is probably not the right film to start with.

Cry Macho is an unpretentious B movie which follows Mike Milo: in my opinion, the presence of Clint Eastwood before the camera is really what justifies the existence of that movie. In one of the Warner Bros featurettes of that film, we can hear producer Albert S. Ruddy saying: I can sell Cry Macho in two words: Clint Eastwood. I think that he is right because Cry Macho is not a film whose simple story seems the most important thing. I mean that what I enjoyed the most is to see Clint in some happy moments of life and some other scenes which remind of other films: the best part is when Mike Milo and Rafo stopped at a little town in Mexico and met Marta. I also like that scene where Mike Milo and Rafo spend the night in a little chapel: Mike talked to Rafo about his tragic past. Cry Macho is a quiet film, with no real action sequence, no suspenseful scene, no violence, no twist.

For Clint, it is also an other opportunity to play with his screen persona. In the opening credits, the beautiful country and western song, To Find a New Home, is played and when Mike Milo gets out of his old truck, I can feel the weight of the years and how hard his life was. I like how Clint introduces his character: he does not need to show or say more than what we see in the opening credits, in order to make his character believable. Clint did that many times in other movies: for instance, in Blood Work, in its opening credits, some aerial shots follows a car and at the end of the opening credits, Clint gets out of that car. His cinematic legacy makes the characters that he plays instantly believable, especially if those characters are cowboys or cops.
Mike Milo is like an old Bronco Billy or an old Rowdy Yates. I think that I recognized some black and white photos from Rawhide, at the beginning of Cry Macho.
At the same time that we see those photos, a music is played and it sounds like the main theme of Space Cowboys, Espacio.

The relationship between Mike Milo and Rafo is enjoyable enough. Even if it is a far cry from Honkytonk Man and A Perfect World.

I was happy to see Clint on screen again, wearing cowboy hat and clothes.
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Post by: Macpherson on November 18, 2021, 09:23:25 AM
Does anyone else view Cry Macho as the final part of
"The Redemption Trilogy," that began with Gran Torino and continued with The Mule...?
Same director.
Same writer.
Thematically linked....hard won wisdom, regrets, loss and a life at a turning point.
Tonally changing from darkness to light, from conflict and unfulfillment to sweetness and serenity.
From an urban edge to bucolic balm.
"All the disappointment, regret and heartbreak that's come before" (The Film Stage) culminating in peace and contentment.
Clint's filmography, mythology, history and screen persona explored and wrestled with in three acts....leading to a hard won, metaphorical riding off into the sunset....
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Post by: batfunk2 on November 19, 2021, 07:58:20 AM
Totally and you forgot to mention that it is the same actor, Clint Eastwood. I think that the most autobiographical movie is The Mule but this trilogy is  Eastwood's reflection on his own life, accomplissements and misses:what do i want now ? What did i do wrong ?! How could i correct my errors ?
And the trigger of all his questions is his near future death, he wants to be at peace with himself, which seems logical with his way of life.:he was his own Master all th? way...Maybe he prepares us  too to his end: hey guys, I'm  not an hero anymore, I'm old now, i Will retire soon to live my Last days  with my loved ones, thanks for your support... It was a hell of a ride !

Even if Cry Macho is far from perfect, i really believe it was his last appearance as actor, the ending was unambiguous :'(

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Post by: SamanMoradkhani on November 19, 2021, 12:50:45 PM
Damn guys. I'm not even prepared to think about that. I'm checking internet everyday to see if he is going to shoot another picture. He has to be eternal.
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Post by: batfunk2 on November 19, 2021, 02:54:17 PM
So do I. But don't worry, as director, he's far from be over. Don't forget that portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira  finished his Last feature at 104 years old and his Last short movies at 106,the year of his death...
Eastwood is still a young guy ;D
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Post by: batfunk2 on November 19, 2021, 03:25:03 PM
I Just watched Cry Macho grosses in France, 2nd best entrance this week for a new movie,not bad... but 5  times less than the first one, a french movies with a popular french actress.And critics were mixed to positive here, not like in U. S.
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Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 10, 2021, 06:02:33 PM
I saw this film last Monday. It was the first time I'd been to a cinema since February 2020. Funnily enough, the last film I saw in a cinema was Richard Jewell.

Unfortunately it's the first time I've walked out of a theater after an Eastwood film totally disappointed. I had low expectations going in after reading the reviews here on the board. I usually avoid doing that so I don't get my hopes up but since it took three months to be released here, I did this time.

This film wasn't bad but it just never got going. Nothing really happens. Totally unmemorable.

2/5.
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Post by: Christopher on December 11, 2021, 11:44:16 AM
This film wasn't bad but it just never got going. Nothing really happens. Totally unmemorable.
I think that's a fair assessment of it. It just never really takes off.
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Post by: Gant on December 14, 2021, 07:01:37 AM
At Last 😊
I do think I?m going to be in the minority here but I enjoyed Cry Macho..
There?s an obvious affection here for Mexico and Mexicans, country folk v Tycoons and I wonder if there?s a quiet political statement to be read into this ?
Macho is a very small and gentle film ( what other kind could we really expect from our man at the grand age of 90 )
A film that suggests that maybe the tougher than tough guys Eastwood has often portrayed in the past had it wrong all along as Eastwood shows Rafa  there?s more to life than toughness.. there?s something very touching, seeing an Eastwood character in such a reflective mood..
It is very different from The Mule which I also enjoyed, there?s very little tension or drama but there are some lovely little scenes to cherish.. Eastwood talking to the pig for one and Clint is still a charismatic screen presence and I think Eastwood and Minett  share a wonderful screen chemistry..

I think Cry Macho and The Mule will both stand the test of time and be looked back on favourably in years to come as integral to Eastwoods body of work..
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Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 15, 2021, 04:29:59 PM
Eastwood talking to the pig for one

Wait, what?

Where and when was this scene? I thought I nearly dozed off a couple of times but maybe I did actually fall asleep during this film.
Title: Re: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: Hocine on December 15, 2021, 04:44:01 PM
At Last 😊
I do think I?m going to be in the minority here but I enjoyed Cry Macho..
There?s an obvious affection here for Mexico and Mexicans, country folk v Tycoons and I wonder if there?s a quiet political statement to be read into this ?
Macho is a very small and gentle film ( what other kind could we really expect from our man at the grand age of 90 )
A film that suggests that maybe the tougher than tough guys Eastwood has often portrayed in the past had it wrong all along as Eastwood shows Rafa  there?s more to life than toughness.. there?s something very touching, seeing an Eastwood character in such a reflective mood..
It is very different from The Mule which I also enjoyed, there?s very little tension or drama but there are some lovely little scenes to cherish.. Eastwood talking to the pig for one and Clint is still a charismatic screen presence and I think Eastwood and Minett  share a wonderful screen chemistry..

I think Cry Macho and The Mule will both stand the test of time and be looked back on favourably in years to come as integral to Eastwoods body of work..

I agree with you, Gant.
Cry Macho is probably not among the best Clint Eastwood films but it is still charming and enjoyable. Anyway, this is not the bad film that so many film critics and film goers seemed to depict.
What makes it charming and enjoyable is also its own limitation: simplicity.
Indeed, Cry Macho is a small picture which will not gain a lot of new Clint fans.
However, I have always liked how Clint plays with his screen persona. From Play Misty for Me to Cry Macho, Clint managed to deconstruct and redefine his own screen image with a rare independence and a rare freedom in Hollywood.
In my opinion, that is why some minor films like Cry Macho have their importance in Clint filmography.
Title: Re: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: Hammerhead on January 03, 2022, 02:10:12 AM
Finally got round to seeing this and admittedly I had low expectations, but I loved it, a really lovely gentle road movie, no more, no less.
Title: Re: Who saw Cry Macho? Members' Comments (WARNING: SPOILERS ALLOWED!)
Post by: Hocine on January 04, 2022, 04:27:21 PM
Finally got round to seeing this and admittedly I had low expectations, but I loved it, a really lovely gentle road movie, no more, no less.

Yes, Cry Macho is better than what some film critics and some film goers said about it.