Clint Eastwood is ninety-one years old and he’s done many films where he helps younger people find courage in themselves. In Cry Macho, he once again displays those qualities in Oscar-worthy fashion. The film is not a masterpiece, but Eastwood is excellent and the film is entertaining.
Eastwood plays Mike Milo, a former rodeo star and horse breeder. Milo’s former boss is Howard Polk, played by Dwight Yoakam. Polk asks Milo to help him get his son, Rafo, played by Eduardo Minet, back from his alcoholic mom so Polk can raise his son properly. This leads to a road of unexpected dangers through Texas and the boarders of Mexico, and to a ranch where Milo’s love of horses is passed on to Rafo.
Eastwood is the perfect director and lead role for Cry Macho. He has the authoritative voice, and the unexpected anger. There is not a large amount of dialogue in the film, but Eastwood still knows how to build surprises into his self-directed flicks, and those surprises are relatively clever. I found myself wondering just how many more surprises Cry Macho can have.
Cry Macho was slow at times, but with Eastwood’s style and himself as the lead, I did enjoy it. As a director, Eastwood almost always sets up the suspense with anticipation and build-up, and Cry Macho is no exception. I did find myself wondering how many films Eastwood can make like this, and I think that helped me savor the film. For fans of Clint Eastwood, this film is not to be missed. I give Cry Macho three stars.