If by any chance you follow my reviews here regularly, you probably noticed that I always like to give some backstory as to why I’ve watched the movie that I’m reviewing. In this case, though, there is not much of a backstory, to be quite honest. I went to “What the Hell Should I Watch on Netflix”, it recommended this movie to me and so off I went. Unlike Calvin, my tastes in comedy are not very complex: I love physical comedy, I cried laughing at the infamous shitting on the street “Bridesmaids” scene and I could watch the weirdest SNL sketches over and over again (“you gotta get yourself some porcelain fountains”, anyone?). I’m not, however, a huge fan of dark comedy, even though I can definitely appreciate it, especially when done by people that I enjoy. I quickly read the synopsis for “The Mule”, saw that it had a good score on Rotten Tomatoes and decided to give it a shot. The results, my friends, were a long three hours to finish a 100-minute-long movie, not including a short nap and some time off to run errands.
“The Mule” is an Australian movie based on a true story, that follows a first-time drug mule that is caught by law enforcement with several pounds of heroin in his digestive system and, in order to not give himself away, decides to ignore his, um, needs, and withhold the evidence for days. Yes, the evidence that is inside his body. You can probably imagine how well this goes. The premise is good enough, and the fact that it is inspired by (although loosely, based on what I’ve been reading) true events makes it all the more grotesque but, nevertheless, it just wasn’t my kind of movie. I saw some reviews mentioning “big laughs” and I just never saw a moment fitting for that kind of reaction. However, there are more than enough disgusting moments, and you can probably guess why. I have to say, I recommend having a strong stomach for this one and definitely not eating anything while watching it, just to be safe.
Even though I wasn’t overly enthusiastic during the movie, I do have to give props to the twist at the end, which was a very smart move and made some previous events that seemed irrelevant much more important in the grand scheme of things. I’m not going to talk about it extensively here, obviously, but let’s discuss it in the comments in case you guys watch it!
I’m never one to completely not recommend a movie (even if it’s terrible, it’s good for some laughs, right?), and in this case I truly think that I didn’t enjoy it because of personal preferences, and not because it was a bad movie. I also don’t think I’d ever watched an Australian movie before, so in this aspect it was cool watching this movie to get a feel of how things are done over there. I’d say that if you like dark comedies and isn’t bothered by overly scatological imagery, give this one a shot. You can check out the trailer here!
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