At age 91, Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood has no intention of slowing down and stars in and both directs a haunting, intimate portrayal of a broken down cowboy who’s ready for one final ride in Cry Macho…and audiences will be primed for something extraordinary with this release here.
Watch the full trailer for Cry Macho below:
Here’s the official synopsis:
Mike Milo is a one-time rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder who, in 1979, takes a job from an ex-boss to bring the man’s young son home from Mexico. Forced to take the backroads on their way to Texas, the unlikely pair faces an unexpectedly challenging journey, during which the world-weary horseman finds unexpected connections and his own sense of redemption.
Adapted from the classic novel by N. Richard Nash, Cry Macho tells the story of broken and beaten cowboy Mike Milo and it’s a role that is tailor-made for Eastwood. An adaption has been in the works since the late 1970s and a who’s who of actors including the likes of Roy Scheider, Burt Lancaster and Pierce Brosnan have been up for the role at different times over the years. Eastwood considered the project back in 1988 but passed on it, and it looked like Arnold Schwarzenegger, a long time friend of Eastwood, was ready to take on the role in the early 2000s before he had to bow out of the project.
But all things come around in the end and Eastwood has returned to Cry Macho and his performance as Mike Milo looks soulful and incredibly considered and audiences are going to be in for something very special with this performance. Like his work in 2018’s The Mule, Cry Macho is an intimate character study of a rebel whose ready for one last ride and audiences will be very excited for the journey that is set to unfold from here.
Shot with beautiful attention to detail by cinematographer Ben Davis (Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Eternals), Cry Macho showcases the incredible western landscape of New Mexico and sets the stage for a rousing genre piece.
As for the character of Milo, it’s a perfect fit for Eastwood who is synonymous with the western genre and he brings a sense of hard-worn integrity to this man of few words who accepts a job he probably shouldn’t have, but who will honour his word no matter what. In Cry Macho we really are seeing Eastwood at his finest and I’m excited to see what comes next with this narrative and Eastwood’s performance from here.
Cry Macho is set to arrive in cinemas on September 16.