Decided to finally see The Mule on Monday night after cancelling tickets a few times over the last month or so for it. I wasn't looking forward to it-I'm not an Eastwood fan-but figured, why not? The worst that can happen is I don't like it.It's OK, it isn't great. In some ways I guess you are supposed to root for Earl, but I just couldn't; his wife/daughter were too one note and his grand daughter was seemingly too forgiving in light of all of it. The story just didn't all hang together. It just came off like a jumbled mess. Great concept though.
And I'd agree...it's OK. I never really got to like Earl as a person; I wasn't put off by his racial remarks. I was more put off by how he has to be the center of attention at all times and have everyone adore/love him. He was never happy with what he has, which led to the situation he found himself in.
Plus, he's a smart guy. He knows how this new job is going to end--he has to know. So why did he put himself on the line? For the money...to give it to people and make them all love him? Because he has nowhere else to go and nothing else to do?
Most of the cast is wasted, including Dianne Wiest, Bradley Cooper, Michael Pena and Laurence Fishburne. I never really felt any of their emotional beats, which is a secondary problem. Do I ever need to see this again? Nope. Do I regret seeing it? Nope.