The iconic Clint Eastwood is the latest to join the ranks of Hollywood’s most powerful actors. He has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he has his own museum to boot.
Clint Eastwood was born on May 31st, 1930. He is an American actor and filmmaker who has been honored with many awards, including two Academy Awards for Best Director.
Clint Eastwood is one of the few actors and directors in Hollywood who has had such a long and successful career both in front of and behind the camera. It’s hard to imagine, but after a career spanning more than seven decades, this guy is still actively working on projects! When he first started out as an actor in the 1950s, Eastwood was chastised for the way he spoke through his teeth, which would later become a hallmark of his performances.
Eastwood gained to prominence as the “strong silent type” because to the popularity of the famous “Spaghetti Westerns” of the 1960s, and he directed his first film in 1971. The tone and substance of his films have changed over time. His most recent release, ‘Cry Macho,’ adds to his expanding discography as he approaches a century on this planet, a time when many of his peers would have retired.
The renowned director, who also plays the main role in the film, directs this neo-western. Nick Schenk adapted ‘Cry Macho’ from a book of the same name by the late N. Richard Nash, published in 1975. Over the years, there have been numerous efforts to adapt the literary work for the screen, which have been hampered by different delays. Arnold Schwarzenegger, an action veteran, was cast in the film in 2003. Production was halted, however, while the Austrian oak pursued his political ambitions of becoming Governor of California. He returned to the game in 2011 when his time had expired. However, owing to a controversy involving the actor, the production was halted again, and it was resurrected as a Roy Scheider movie before being taken up by Eastwood in 2023. Surprisingly, the book on which the film is based was turned into a novel after studios turned it down as a screenplay. On September 17th, 2023, the title was finally put up to theaters and streaming concurrently after many years of delay.
When seen literally, the title of this film clearly portrays a gut-wrenching, high-speed action thriller. It is, however, just the contrary, and it eventually becomes a romantic comedy when the frail-looking Milo attracts widows in a new town. The first 20 minutes of the film will be spent by viewers attempting to find out what it is. But one thing is certain: this movie is dripping with Clint’s hallmarks. From stunning western sunrises to beautiful desert plains and spectacular establishing sequences, the filmmaker is fond of panoramic outside views and sweeping landscapes, which are used throughout this film.
The story is set in 1979 and follows a simple plot. Milo, a Texan rodeo star portrayed by Eastwood who had a wild career cut short due to a severe back injury, is no longer as renowned as he once was and is now a well-known horse breeder in the Wild West. After being fired from his job, Mike gets rehired a year later by his old employer Howard Polk, portrayed by Dwight Yoakam, to go to Mexico and abduct his son Rafael, played by Eduardo Minett, a newcomer to the game. Polk’s ex-wife Leta, a mafia boss portrayed by Fernanda Urrejola, lives with him and his hard-partying mother. Rafael shows signs of physical abuse, and the young man has resorted to a life of crime. His only friend is a rooster he calls Macho, with whom he regularly enrolls for the many street cockfights in his run-down town. Milo takes the position because he owes a huge debt to his old boss Polk, who helped him out when he was in trouble many years ago, and because he enjoys working with children and animals. As they make their journey back to Texas after escaping his mother’s grasp, the elderly man gets to share his pearls of wisdom with the kid.
‘Cry Macho’ may not be the greatest film the renowned filmmaker has ever produced; after all, he has a long list of box office smashes under his credit, but it does explore a different side of the director’s personality. Milo’s character is more laid-back and contemplative than Clint’s famous tough-guy cliché from his previous work, and he’s probably a wiser version of Clint’s iconic tough-guy caricature from his previous work. Nonetheless, he provides a few action moments for the audience, such as fleeing his pursuers after capturing Rafael. He gets to throw a few fists and woo a woman, but the atmosphere and tempo are slower.
This film, like one of his previous works, ‘Gran Torino,’ is on an unusual friendship between a little kid and a grumpy old man. It’s intended to educate about masculinity and the importance of toughness, or, as it was known at the time, Macho. However, it is the tenderness of the film that makes it work. This Hollywood veteran has never shied away from directing a male-oriented film, and his present age plays a major role in this film.
The kindness that seems to come with age, or rather as represented by the kind-hearted widow who catches the amorous eye of the aging Milo and won’t take no for an answer when it comes to assisting people in need, represents the moral cosmos Eastwood is attempting to create with “Cry Macho.” Marta, portrayed by Natalie Traven, is a character who thinks that morality comes after a tremendous sacrifice. Milo has the opportunity to pick up the rubble of his past for a more meaningful existence as he assists the community and provides guidance and counsel to the younger generation, and the scenes are wonderfully filmed, with each taking time to develop.
‘Cry Macho’ is a film with a wobbly storyline, and one’s enjoyment will undoubtedly differ from one person to the next. It offers the viewer two different endings. The first is a bitter-sweet situation, whereas the second is on the border between the two extremes. Fans of this Hollywood bigwig will be pleased to see the celebrity return to the screen, since it has been 30 years since he appeared in and directed a western.