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The story at its core deals with matters that have long been Mr. Eastwood's professional, and clearly personal, concern... When the old man finally mans up to his failings, the movie succeeds with special poignancy.
It's the detours on Eastwood's road movie- the stops along the way that show an old man dealing with the dim possibilities of change near the end of his life - that reveal this drug-mule-in-winter drama as a deeply personal reckoning.
Both tender apologia and vigorous justification, Clint Eastwood's "The Mule" is a deeply, fascinatingly personal meditation from the 88-year-old director who, like his aged drug mule protagonist, has spent a long time on the road.
The storytelling - and Eastwood's own mulish, nostalgic longing for an America of, by and for guys who look like Clint Eastwood - turns terrific raw material into what feels like one fib, duck and dodge after another.
Eastwood's latest thriller is a tender, conflicted, and sometimes very funny meditation on what America conditions people to want for themselves - on how natural it can be to forget who you are in a country where work is an identity unto itself.
Less cranky and inciting than Gran Torino but persuasively expressive in conveying an old man's regrets along with his desire to improve himself even in late age, The Mule shows that Eastwood's still got it, both as a director and actor.