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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Critic Reviews for Gran Torino
Though the film feels like a requiem, Kowalski's heart is still defiantly beating.
The comedy-drama on release is actually a rather wise, insightful exploration of family and friendship, violence and vengeance.
A brilliant commentary on a lot of earlier Clint Eastwood roles.
If Mt. Rushmore were to make a movie, it would probably look a lot like a Clint Eastwood movie.
It is familiar, but only to a point. Suddenly, that point is past and much more serious questions come up, questions of responsibility, of vengeance, of the efficacy of blood for blood.
Audience Reviews for Gran Torino
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.
Gran Torino Quotes
|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!|