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.

Sully – American Hero

imagesIf you’re looking for a movie that’s not produced by Disney, but has no vulgarity, violence, or sex, Sully is the perfect film to see. Director Clint Eastwood brings a story to the big screen that we already know the ending to, but shows us just how human a true hero can be. As we already know, the Hudson River in New York becomes a landing strip for US Airways flight 1549, after a flock of geese takes out both of its engines.

Captain Chesly “Sully” Sullenburger shows us early in the movie exactly why he chose to land on the Hudson River. The script goes deeper though, showing us the FAA investigation into the accident, and how they try to blame someone other than the circumstances at hand.

Eastwood shows the human side of the Miracle on the Hudson, examining the public’s view of Sully as a hero, and the captain’s own inner battle with the effects of PTSD. Tom Hanks plays Sully’s part well, trying to keep things real, while all around him things are surreal. Aaron Eckhart plays the co-pilot, offering a solid supporting role both in the cockpit, and during the investigation.

Cathryn is not into airplane movies, and gave the movie an 8. Even though I already knew the ending, I still enjoyed the movie and give it a 10.