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January 15, 2017
Loved this. Made me laugh and very touching
½ January 10, 2017
It's good movie to watch
January 3, 2017
Brought tears to my eyes.
January 2, 2017
The film Gran Torino is the complete embodiment of a Drama. Clint Eastwood has done something that no one has done. Hell, I watched an 80-year-old Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry, take a bubble bath and I didn't bat an eye. What he did was make a fictional tale about the current state of America from the point of view of a racist old war veteran. And who better to play a racist war hero none other than the Director and writer himself, the legend in his own right, Clint Eastwood. To myself, I just have to wonder how an 80-year-old man made this epic tale. He includes even his whole life and his story into this character up until the closing credits. He captures you with the raw truth of this world in a way that you could never imagine, through the eyes of a racist old man. So in a way he made a movie about the world through Clint Eastwood's eyes.
The character this tale surrounds is Clint Eastwood's character, Walt Kowalski. However, it's not just Walt that embodies this world it's also the characters that surround him. He starts the movie as a racist old Polish-American man set in his ways. Unbeknownst to him he will make the transition into selfless hero. Each person he meets along the way helps him see the world he once knew a bit more clearly. And I must say again Clint Eastwood wrote this movie and directed so the avenues he takes to prove his powerful point seems bizarre in the fact that you forget Clint Eastwood for a bit and picture Walt. Walt is a man who fought in the Vietnam war and killed many Vietnamese soldiers because he was ordered too and because he had too. He lets the viewer constantly know that he hated it. Fast forward through all the pains of war, a movie in and of itself. He comes back to America and marries the Girl of his dreams, Dorothy. They have a beautiful traditional life together and they have two sons, Steve and Mitch. He worked in a ford factory, there in the motor city of Detroit, Michigan, inadvertently giving his sons a privileged life he can never relate to. And as he gets old and his wife dies he loses the one human being who truly gets him, Dorothy.
The time is now, the millennial era, Walt is standing at his wife's funeral watching as his family file into rows with utter disgust. His grandchildren showed little to no respect for their grandmother's funeral. For example, his eldest granddaughter wore a halter top. This was just an opening example that he had a genuine hate for everything disrespectful no matter what race. When he refers to any white person he meets throughout the film he calls the Irish and Italian slurs. But his true connection is shown when he becomes a father like figure to a Hmong boy named Thao. The truly amazing part of this tale was that Walt thought Thao looked like a young Vietnamese boy who he shot cold bloodily during the war. In one of the beginning scenes of the movie Walt held a gun to Thao's head, He must have had a flashback of the war. This instance in the movie was due the fact that Thao was told by his Cousin's Gang to rob Walt's Gran Torino, his most prized possession. The Torino was built straight off the line in a Ford Factory Walt worked at. And this car has been admired by many throughout the movie, from his Granddaughter to the gangs and everyone in between.
Now back to Thao's influence on Walt's life. Thao is a young man around high school to college age with no ambition or motivation. He is rather easily talked to by a gang into stealing Walt's car. And if not for Walt scaring him away with his gun, the whole situation would have turned out quite differently. After that incident Thao rejected the gang and was put into a situation where he was saved by Walt, who scared the gang away with a gun. Thao's Hmong family, who were so thankful, brought Walt into their family as well as have Thao work off the damage he's done for stealing his car. During this time, they grow a bond that Walt describes towards the end of the movie as one he's never had, a father son bond. After Thao's service is done Walt still keeps him under his wing as well as becoming more acquainted with Hmong. Even learning that they fought on the same side during the Vietnamese War.
Without spoiling the beautiful ending, I will describe the one powerful plot lines that take place before the touching end. It's the day Walt gets Thao a job and some tools. Their day's journey begins with Walt taking Thao to become a man by showing him how men talk at Barbershops, they used racial slurs in the nicest way possible to someone different. Next he got a construction Job with a Union. And from my knowledge that is very hard to get unless you have connections. Finally, he brought him some tools on a loan that Thao would pay him back. Thao thankfully takes this new motivation in life and works towards a better future. I will not speak on what happens next to not spoil this film for anybody that did not watch it yet. By the way, please watch this film.
For those who don't know what that sequence of scenes showed, it showed Walt truly gaining a son who he felt a connection to. Not to say anything bad about his own children, even though Clint Eastwood gave his son Scott Eastwood a bit part in this movie. This is Walt gaining a son who looked like the boys he killed in the war and learning to love him like a son. Also this isn't a white savior movie Eastwood, I believe strategically, has his character call himself the "White devil." I can say I've watched this film many times and it has made me appreciate all of Clint Eastwood's other movies. It's a spaghetti western situated in Detroit Michigan during the year 2008. He brought his entire career into this movie the action, the drama, and he even sings the closing credits; an ode to his career in Jazz music. Even though this film could've been the ultimate form of self-gratification from Clint, I believe this is the ultimate form of Art from a man who's had a career as hard as stone.
December 7, 2016
Funny movie from Clint Eastwood, where the protagonist takes his most sarcastic humor from his "Iron Sergeant", but it can be improved. Recommended for nostalgics.
December 5, 2016
this looks reele good!
this looks reele good!
½ December 1, 2016
one of the best Eastwood films ever
November 24, 2016
Clint Eastwood provides an original movie on the social commentary of domestic violence, racial tension, and the religious idea of redemption all with the painted backdrop of the Korean War, Gangs, and the bleakness of the inner city.
November 15, 2016
I started the movie expecting a good movie, but as the film went on I realized that I was watching a masterpiece. Clint Eastwood plays one of the grumpiest, and probably one of my favorite characters of all time. The movie was surprisingly funny, moving, and every dramatic scene worked so well. Eastwood's Gran Torino is one of my favorite movies for sure.
November 13, 2016
Clint Eastwood is great as a grumpy war vet that is struggling to adapt to an ever changing America.
½ October 29, 2016
A great film marred only by the sometimes obvious amateur acting of the boy. This is one movie where Clint Eastwood should have done more takes. Nevertheless, the movie works and the ending seems fitting for Eastwood's character.
October 26, 2016
Horribly acted but friggin hilarious.
October 26, 2016
A surprisingly touching and heart warming film with a very good comedic side to it.
October 10, 2016
Standing strong/ Do you belong/ In your skin/ Just wondering...
½ October 1, 2016
A wonderful movie about life and death, and how our decisions through life can make us slaves of it, the characters of Walt and Thao are great as well as their chemistry, the story is heart felt and the performances top notch.
½ September 28, 2016
What a great and compelling movie Gran Torino is.
It shows brilliantly the dynamics of racism and how it can be overcome.
Terrific performance and direction from Eastwood.
September 28, 2016
I may not agree with his politics but he sure makes good movies. Finally got around to watching Gran Torino and really enjoyed it.
September 25, 2016
You could say that Eastwood plays the same role in every movie, the reason being because nobody else could pull it off with such ease. Just a look and you know somebody gonna need to be lucky.
½ August 30, 2016
A thrilling drama with a great leading turn from Eastwood and a striking foreign supporting cast, the story of Gran Torino is one that everyone should see.
August 23, 2016
Another great Eastwood acting job. Gran Torino had solid characters and a powerful story.
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