Release year: 2018
Director: Clint Eastwood
Screenwriter: Nick Sschenk, Sam Dolnick (inspired by the New York Times Magazine Article by)
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Alison Eastwood, Dianne West, Taissa Farmiga, Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia
90 year-old Earl Stone (Eastwood) is broke and alone after disappointing his family one too many times. When he gets offered a lot of money for a simple delivery he happily accepts and finds himself signed on as drug courier for a Mexican cartel.
You just can’t make this stuff up. In fact, the real life story was so fantastic (Stone carried on his business for a decade before getting caught) that they toned it down for the movie. But while the background story is amazing, there really isn’t much going on in the movie except Stone driving for big parts of it, going to the occasional party and stopping to eat or encounter people on his way. Leave it to Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, 2004) to make that exciting. As a director he has a knack for making people interesting on screen and as an actor he supports this skill with a special ability to make characters seem real. It has been a while since we saw him on the big screen and it is a warm welcome as he delivers his trade-mark one-liners deadpan and with squinting eyes. Eastwood sells the concept of a 90 year-old drug courier and manage to keep our sympathy all the same. It is a quiet drama moving alone in its own sweet time, much like Earl himself who wont be rushed (and reacts to threatening guns with a dry ‘I’ve been in combat before, I’m not intimidated by you’) but when the ride is so pleasantly performed you really don’t care how long it takes to get there, you just go a long for the ride.
For Earl, Costume Designer Deborah Hopper wanted some of the wardrobe to have a worn look, so some of them were re-used from previous Clint Eastwood movies like Gran Torino (2008), True Crime (1999), and, in the case of the suit at the end,In the Line of Fire (1993).
Picture copyrights: Warner Home Video