The Mule

imagesClint Eastwood says The Mule is the last movie he’ll act in, but oddly enough, he fit the main character’s roll perfectly. The story is about 90 year old horticulturist Earl Stone who takes on a job transporting dope for a Mexican cartel after his plant business goes belly up.

Earl was only going to make one trip, but upon seeing how easy he could make a pile of cash, he takes on bigger and bigger shipments. He uses the money to try and buy his way back into his family’s good graces.

Eastwood brings back Bradley Cooper for the role of a DEA Agent who is trying to make a name for himself, and to make his boss look good, by making a large cartel bust.

The movie is descent, perhaps a bit less intense than most of Clint’s work, but with a few life lessons about family and money. Cathryn and I both give it a 7 out of 10.

A Star is Born

241805R1I remember seeing the second remake of A Star is born with Kristofferson and Streisand, but barely remember the story. Besides acting in, and directing this latest installment of the tragic love story, Bradley Cooper wrote the screenplay. Although he personalized the movie by changing things like the music, he paid homage to the earlier versions by re-using character traits and certain things in the plot.

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War Dogs is all Bark, no Bite

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War Dogs is about two high school buddies who re-unite to form a company in search of that all American dream, becoming rich. In this case, David Pakouz (Miles Teller) is just looking to bring home enough bacon to pay the bills, and keep his pretty little wife happy.

Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) tells Pakouz he’s already in the gun-running business, and with the right government contracts they can get rich. They do just that, but the story, that’s supposed to be based on a real one (aren’t they all nowadays?) gets as carried away as Diveroli does with living the high life.

Bradley Cooper has a minor roll in the movie, probably because he produced it.

The movie is serious, but tries to be funny. Hill’s character could have been funnier, but we tired of it quickly. War dogs is kind of a rags to riches to rags movie, but a couple of twists at the end actually give the plot the nudge it needed to bring on a happy ending…more or less.

We saw one couple walk out about half way through the movie. Cathryn and I stuck it out and agreed on a 6 out of 10.