Cry Macho is a 2021 American neo-Western drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood. Adapted by Nick Schenk, it is based on the 1975 novel of the same name by N. Richard Nash. The film stars Eastwood, Eduardo Minett, Fernanda Urrejola, and Dwight Yoakam.
A one-time rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder takes a job to bring a man's young son home and away from his alcoholic mom. On their journey, the horseman finds redemption through teaching the boy what it means to be a good man.
Cry Macho is the latest film from acclaimed director Clint Eastwood in his legendary career. He has had some extreme highs with films like Unforgiven, but he's seen some lows with films like The 15:17 to Paris. To me Cry Macho falls right in the middle. This is an overall good film, but there were some choices that prevented it from being as great as it could've been.
This was a heartwarming story about a guy finding a second chance at life. And I loved the relationship that forms between Clint Eastwood and the kid who was played really well by Eduardo Minett. The problem is that there is a midpoint shift that stops the story and almost splits the story in half. On their own they're perfectly fine but as a singular film they often step on each other's toes.
The film is a set thing in the beginning. You know what it is and where it's going, but halfway through it shifts almost to the point of stopping the plot. It almost makes the entire first half feel like a first act and the entire rest of the film feel like the second. The film drastically needed a third act which it virtually didn't have.
So my biggest problem with this film is definitely the structure and pacing. The film drastically slows down in the second act and you're left waiting for something that never happens. All the character stuff is good, but when it feels like a film isn't going anywhere you can't help but be a little bored and that's the biggest problem with this film.
What the film did really well was tell a really good story about second chances. A story about growing up and moving past things. There is a lot of genuine heart in this film, I just wish the film was structured in a way to fully explore it.
Clint Eastwood is a filmmaker I will always love, and this is overall a good film despite its hiccups.
© 2021 Royce Proctor Jr
Lora Hollings on September 20, 2021:
This looks like an interesting movie with a good message. Thanks for your well written review.
Royce Proctor Jr (author) from Dallas, Texas on September 20, 2021:
I would recommend it if you enjoy slower films, also a good watch if you already have HBO Max.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 19, 2021:
This just came out in my area & I've been thinking about going to see it.