I’m Back- Movie Reviews from CarFan

Yes, it’s CarFan here and here are 2 reviews on movies I watched recently. I know it’s been a long time since I’ve done this, but life got very busy for me, not to mention that overall, there were less movies I was interested in seeing this year. Anyway, here we go!

The Mule

The Mule is directed, produced, and also stars legendary actor Clint Eastwood. This is the first time since Gran Torino (back in 2008) that Clint has starred in a movie. Here, he plays Earl Stone, a horticulturist and Korean War veteran who is down on his luck. His farm has been foreclosed and he’s also estranged from his family, for caring more about his work than his family. Through a series of making bad decisions, he ends up becoming a drug mule (transporting drugs) for a Mexican Drug Cartel. The Mule also stars Bradley Cooper and Michael Pena, who are DEA agents working to stop the cartel and ultimately Earl.

The best part of this movie is simply Clint Eastwood. He puts out a good performance as Earl Stone. He has a laid back, calm demeanor for most of the movie, but shows the proper emotions when it’s necessary. His directing here is also good. No this isn’t his best movie, but considering his age, it’s impressive how much he’s still able to do. One thing to note is that unlike what the trailer implies, this isn’t a thriller at all. In fact, the tone is calm and the movie is more or less this man reflecting on his life, rather than a thriller about him being a drg runner and the DEA running after him. Though, that’s part of the story too. There are some tense parts sure, but overall, this is more like a road trip film or drama.

In the end, The Mule is a good film. It’s nice seeing Clint Eastwood on the big screen again and he does both a good job directing and starring in it. You can tell he had fun making this and depending on how much you like Eastwood, you’ll enjoy seeing him having fun on the big screen. This isn’t his best movie, but if it ends up being his last (assuming he retires), then he certainly has ended on a high note. I give The Mule a 7/10. I recommend seeing it.

Mary Poppins Returns

On a side note, I’ve also watched Mary Poppins Returns recently. I won’t give a full review on that, but in short, it’s a great movie. The film is full of joy/ wonder, the songs and dance numbers are impressive, not to mention that it has life good lessons for kids. While I haven’t seen the original from 1964, my mom has, and she tells me that while this movie is slightly different and not as good as the original, it’s a good sequel overall and one that does honor the original film. There are also some cameos from rather legendary actors.

 

In fact, this movie felt so old fashioned that it felt like it could’ve been made in that time. Thankfully, this wasn’t modernized in any way. I give Mary Poppins Returns an 8/10. It’s a film that both kids and adults who grew up seeing the original will enjoy. It certainly made me feel like a child again.

 

 

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