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.
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as Walt Kowalski
as Father Janovich
as Mitch Kowalski
as Karen Kowalski
as Steve Kowalski
as Ashley Kowalski
as Tim Kennedy
as Barber Martin
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Though the film feels like a requiem, Kowalski's heart is still defiantly beating.
Seeing the new inclusive Clint shows an old dog can learn new tricks. But like Walt himself, I can't help but prefer Dirty Harry to Caring Clint any day.
Although the first half feels a little devoid of direction, Eastwood takes out the jump leads and kicks it into life, giving the second half of the film a better pace, vibrancy and gentle humour that makes Gran Torino worth at least one ride.
This is still an enjoyably big, brash, macho melodrama, saved from absurdity by Eastwood's cracking performance.
In a way it's quite touching that Eastwood still believes a man is never too old to change. One only wishes that Gran Torino were a little more subtle and a little less earnest in its operations.
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Eastwood is funny but cartoonish, snarling and scowling all the time, but the problem with this film is that it clearly doesn't know if it is supposed to be taken serious or not - and what makes it all worse is certainly the awful acting from the entire cast and the lame ending.
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.
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|Walt Kowalski:||Blow your head clean off.|
|Walt Kowalski:||Me, I've got a light.|
|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!|
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