Justin's Review of Gran Torino
Gran Torino is directed by and stars Clint Eastward as Walt Kowalski a racist Korean War veteran, which is haunted by his experiences on the battlefield. His prejudice takes center stage in this well directed above average drama on redemption.
Gran Torino is set in modern day Detroit as Mr. Kowalski lives in a mostly Asian community. When Thao a young Vietnamese teen tries to steal his 1972 Gran Torino, when he is caught red handed he is outcast and shamed by his family the only way to repay his debts in his culture is to pay service to the victim. Walt wants nothing to do with the young troublemaker and is putting him to mindless tasks tiring to insult his intelligence. When Thao asks for real work Walt makes it his plan Thao toughen up the young man and essentially becomes his guardian angel. Walt soon finds that the only way to combat his harsh memories and his own prejudice is to take it head on.
Gran Torino is an above average film as I mentioned above but does have its flaws. To start off with the good, Eastwood has always been a profound actor and this is no exception giving another great performance. The directing is also top notch. The script is generally well written with only a few hiccups here and there. The story as a whole suffers from a lack of focus but is for the most part easy to follow and enjoy. You may ask with all of the good why is it just above average? Most of the cast excluding Eastwood was in my miss-cast and inexperienced. I just felt as if they were tiring to hard and for others too little, none of it felt enjoyable to watch.
Aside from some inexperienced acting Gran Torino delivers, and is worthy of its spot in Clint Eastwood's vast realm of work. I give Gran Torino a three and a half out of five stars.