The Mule (2018)
January 22, 2019 11:47 AM - Subscribe

A 90 year old horticulturalist and Korean War veteran becomes a drug mule, transporting millions of dollars worth of cocaine to Chicago for a Mexican drug cartel.

Directed, produced and starring Clint Eastwood. With Dianne Wiest as his ex-wife, Alison Eastwood as his estranged daughter, and Taissa Farmiga as his granddaughter. Also with Brad Cooper, Laurence Fishburne and Andy Garcia.

It's not Eastwood's best work, but it's enjoyable and well-crafted, and Eastwood is very funny as a sly old geezer.

I wonder if the title has anything to do with Eastwood's first credited film role, in a Francis the Talking Mule film. Sort of "I started off working for a mule, and now I AM the mule."
posted by ubiquity (3 comments total)
If you didn't see it, here's Pete Davidson & John Mulaney reviewing "The Mule."
posted by Marky at 2:42 PM on January 22, 2019 [13 favorites]

I might have just been having a bad day, but I actually walked out of this movie... and I can't think of the last time I did that. For some reason it just struck me as artificial/contrived at the beginning and I couldn't loosen up and get into it. And I generally enjoy his movies (and Dianne Wiest!)
posted by profreader at 4:34 PM on January 22, 2019

Several scenes from this were filmed in Augusta, Georgia, so sooner or later, I'm probably going to have to check it out to see what locations I recognize. I know I spotted one or two from the trailer.
posted by radwolf76 at 5:23 AM on January 24, 2019

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