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AC for the disappointing ‘Cry Macho’ | Arts and entertainment

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Like last weekend, this weekend at the box office was disappointing, especially for the novelties. “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” continued to dominate in first place for the third weekend in a row. “Free Guy” held on to second place in his sixth. Had to go down to # 3 to find a new movie to review.

“Cry Macho” grossed nearly $ 1 million less than last weekend’s “Malignant” despite airing on nearly 500 additional screens across the country. And remember, the two movies that beat him are each a week longer than they were against “Malignant.” The film is undoubtedly disappointing commercially, and it’s also quite disappointing creatively.

Clint Eastwood directs and plays Michael Milo, a once prominent Texas rodeo star now ravaged by age, addiction and loss. His former boss Howard (Dwight Yoakam) gave him a job as a horse trainer, but he has so little motivation that he does the job badly and gets fired. Howard, insisting that Mike still has a debt to pay, instructs him to descend to Mexico and pick up his son Rafo (Eduardo Minett). Mike, understandably, isn’t happy with the mission, but he can’t wait to get rid of the sleazy Howard once and for all.

Mike travels to Mexico, where he first faces off against Rafo’s mother, Leda (Fernanda Urrejola), an implicit organized crime figure with henchmen at his disposal. She and Rafo are separated, but once Mike locates the child, she wants him to come back with her and not absent father Howard. But Rafo doesn’t want anything to do with his mother, so he escapes Mexico City with Mike. The two must travel to the US-Mexico border with Leda’s henchmen and a few corrupt Feds chasing them.

Mike and Rafo have all the trust issues you would expect and go through the usual feuds. Rafo wants to drive, Mike won’t let him. Rafo wants to drink (no waiter will give him a card because this so-called 13-year-old can easily pass for legal drinking age), Mike won’t let him. Rafo wants to bring his Macho rooster on a trip, Mike… reluctantly leaves him. I guess Eastwood thought this movie might use an animal sidekick, and a rooster is a “new one.” Rafo wants to stay with a family run by restaurant owner Marta (Natalia Traven), and Mike has to decide if maybe it’s better for everyone. In fact, staying with the family itself might be better for everyone.

The good news is that Eastwood, at 91, is still a perfectly competent actor and director. His character is an excellent balance of mind and pathos and there is most certainly a charm in the relationship he forms with Rafo and Marta. The bad news is that there are glaring issues with this story, like man-made obstacles (why are Leda’s men still combing small towns weeks after Mike and Rafo should have reached the border?) , too much time spent with Mike and Rafo hiding in the small town, and an abrupt ending that feels like the movie just doesn’t have any money left. What drove me crazy is a detail so small it shouldn’t have mattered, but here it is: Rafo says he adopted Macho after the rooster lost five cockfights. I’m no cockfighting expert, but doesn’t losing one traditionally mean that the rooster won’t be alive to compete in another, let alone four more?

The film is the latest in a series of “runaway adult with unknown child” films. I liked “News of the World” with Tom Hanks last Christmas, but I didn’t like “The Marksman” with Liam Neeson very much, and “Those Who Wish Me Dead” with Angelina Jolie was just a waste of. total time. With the latter two competing, I guess I have no choice but to proclaim “Cry Macho” the second best of the bunch. It might be one of the “best”, but I still don’t recommend it overall.

“Cry Macho” is playing and streaming on HBO Max. The film is rated PG-13 for language and thematic elements. Its operating time is 104 minutes.