‘Cry Macho’ review: The Clint Eastwood movie is a weak addition to his 50-year filmography

It’s an embarassment, considering that the title, and a late-in-the-film monologue, use a possibility for Eastwood to ponder concerns of manhood and aging through the prism of his tough-guy screen image, however any larger concepts are lost in the triviality of the plot and cartoonish nature of the majority of the supporting characters.

Adjusted from the late N. Richard Nash’s unique by the author and Nick Schenk (who worked with Eastwood on “Gran Torino” and “The Mule”), the property feels similarly stretched. Embed in 1979, Eastwood plays Mike Milo, a Texas rodeo legend sidelined by a mishap, disaster and age.

For some factor, his previous employer (Dwight Yoakam) jobs Mike with taking a trip down to Mexico to restore his long-lost kid, now practically 13 — a task he can’t perform himself due to the fact that of acrimony with his ex-wife (Fernanda Urrejola) and unclear legal issues.

Mike rapidly discovers the kid, Rafo (beginner Eduardo Minett), however the trip back — accompanied by a fighting rooster called Macho — strikes numerous pits, in manner ins which will do little to enhance US-Mexico relations. Given, the set experience a couple of great souls — primary amongst them a widow (Natalia Traven) who will not take no for a response when it concerns feeding them — however they appear quickly surpassed by corrupt police officers and automobile burglars.

Seemingly, like “Gran Torino,” the film has to do with a not likely bond created in between a young kid and a grouchy old coot. However the arc of that isn’t assisted by having the kid alter his mind like a windscreen wiper in regards to what he desires, the unlikable grownups and jokes and lighter minutes that merely do not land the majority of the time.

Affiliated with Warner Bros. (like CNN, a unit of WarnerMedia) since the mid-’70s, Eastwood has amassed an impressive and eclectic body of directorial work over the last half-century, dating back to “Play Misty For Me” in 1971. In between he directed a pair of Oscar winners, “Million Dollar Baby” and “Unforgiven,” but the record has proven more uneven over the last decade, with successes in “American Sniper” and “Sully,” and less satisfying efforts like “Richard Jewell.”

Give him credit, perhaps, for refusing to rest on those laurels when it would have been easy to hang up his spurs. But “Cry Macho” is a particularly forgettable addition to that filmography, and to paraphrase one of his many popular characters, will not make anybody’s day.

“Cry Macho” premieres Sept. 17 in United States theaters and on HBO Max. It’s ranked PG-13.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.