Gran Torino (2009)
Critic Consensus: Though a minor entry in Eastwood's body of work, Gran Torino is nevertheless a humorous, touching, and intriguing old-school parable.
A racist Korean War veteran living in a crime-ridden Detroit neighborhood is forced to confront his own lingering prejudice when a troubled Hmong teen from his neighborhood attempts to steal his prized Gran Torino. Decades after the Korean War has ended, ageing veteran Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) is still haunted by the horrors he witnessed on the battlefield. The two objects that matter most to Kowalski in life are the classic Gran Torino that represents his happier days working in a Ford assembly plant, and the M-1 rifle that saved his life countless times during combat. When Kowalski's teenage neighbor (Bee Vang) attempts to steal his Gran Torino as part of a gang initiation rite, the old man manages to catch the aspiring thief at the business end of his well-maintained semi-automatic rifle. Later, due to the pride of the Asian group, the boy is forced to return to Kowalski's house and perform an act of penance. Despite the fact that Kowalski wants nothing to do with the young troublemaker, he realizes that the quickest way out of the situation is to simply cooperate. In an effort to set the teen on the right path in life and toughen him up, the reluctant vet sets him up with an old crony who now works in construction. In the process, Kowalski discovers that the only way to lay his many painful memories to rest is to finally face his own blinding prejudice head-on. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Gran Torino
Though the film feels like a requiem, Kowalski's heart is still defiantly beating.
This is another Eastwood's deconstruction of his career, and it doesn't give anything else in the movie any room to breathe.
Covers a lot of ground as it rolls: religion, the toll of war, mortality, what it means to be a man.
Twenty minutes in, we know Walt is eventually going to give the car to the kid. The only question is how.
Audience Reviews for Gran Torino
This is just a wonderful wonderful movie. From top to bottom the acting is amazing. Clint Eastwood at his best!
This ignorant, ever-so-bitter movie intends to give the impression that it is a tiny raft of integrity floating on the Dead Sea while the rest of American society, reveling in the lifeless water, looks at it with contempt. This vision along with the consistently wooden delivery of the equally stiff dialogue makes for a sad, cringe-worthy experience. The core story had potential, but the execution just made this seem like a deranged and jaded lecture from a soured heart who wants about 15 cartoonishly wretched villains too many.
Gran Torino Quotes
|Walt Kowalski:||I want you to turn around, go outside, comeback and don't talk about having no job, no car, no girlfriend, no future, no dick.|
|Walt Kowalski:||Shut your fucking face!|
|Walt Kowalski:||That old hag hates my ass.|
|Thao:||Hey that's bad for you|
|Walt Kowalski:||Yeah, so is being in a gang, dipshit.|
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