Review: “Cry Macho” is a story of being lost and found

This Clint Eastwood film shows viewers that your life isn’t over just because you get older

91-year-old, Clint Eastwood, acted in, directed, and produced the film, “Cry Macho” which combines  drama with western action. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros)

91-year-old, Clint Eastwood, acted in, directed, and produced the film, “Cry Macho” which combines drama with western action. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros)

Usamah Hammour, Staff Writer

“Cry Macho,” starring Clint Eastwood is a story in which Miko ( Eastwood) is a very old rodeo star who agrees to take on the mission of taking on a favor for his ex-boss, to bring back his son from rural Mexico. This film combines drama, romance and western action style. 

Miko encounters many surprises while carrying out his mission. He finds (Eduardo Minett) Rafa Polk, the boy’s alcoholic mother (Fernanda Urrejola) Leta Polk surrounded by her security guards, very troubled about her son, and informs him that the boy was homeless, but she was very wary of him. Miko finds the boy in the cockfighting arena with a rooster ready to take him to the ring, but unfortunately for him, the police raid the place, and the boy escapes. Dramatic, emotional, and action-packed events follow during the trip back to Texas.

The dramatic side of the movie shows all the main characters living in sad situations, Miko with his loneliness, the ex-boss and missing his son, and the mother with her failure to raise her son in the right way. 

The romantic side of the film takes place during the returning trip. Miko and the boy are in a restaurant eating lunch and meet the owner of the restaurant and her children. From that moment chemistry burns between Miko and the lady who owns the restaurant along with Rafa,  the older daughter. 

The film’s action takes place during the return journey. Leta’s bodyguards try to prevent Miko and the boy from continuing their trip to join the father with his son in Texas, by using violence. The rooster, who was Rafa’s pet, Rafa and a fierce fighter against all of the enemies of his friend, shared with them their struggle against bodyguards. So, Miko, the boy and the rooster are the heroes who defeat the enemies. 

There is some criticism surrounding the film, related to Clint Eastwood’s age, and his acting capabilities, which have become weak. This is clear in the film, especially because his speech is slow. But Eastwood’s age doesn’t detract from the film. I think it was amazing to see Eastwood play the role of Miko despite being old in age, especially because he was credited in being involved in directing and producing.