Peter Bart: ‘The Mule’ Seals Clint Eastwood’s Cred As Hollywood’s Ultimate Anomaly

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At a time when Hollywood is cautiously playing by the rules,
Clint Eastwood continues to create rules of his own. The hero in his new release, The Mule, is not a revered sniper (American Sniper) or a legendary pilot (Sully), but a politically incorrect, geriatric screwup. He is portrayed not by Bradley Cooper, who's relegated to a supporting role, but by the 88-year-old Eastwood himself, looking fragile and a bit confused. When the plot goes astray, its problems relate…