Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Gran Torino (Clint Eastwood, 2008) Review

It's Clint Eastwood being a grisled old badass...original, I know. While he's a genre icon for western films, he has does several non western roles such as Dirty Harry and, now, this. It may or may not be the most depressing film i've ever seen but it pays off for a great experience. Clint Eastwood hasn't lost his touch and is still as entertaining as always. Everything in this film comes together well but as for the verdict...let's take a look.

After his wife's funeral, Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) finds that he has new neighbours from Hmong. One f them being Thao (Bee Vang), a shy teenager who is pressured by his step brother to do certain things. One of which is trying to steal Walt's prised Gran Torino car. Upon catching him, Walt decides to make Thao a more assertive person and not get pushed around as much. When a gang war rises with Thao's family in the middle, Walt goes out of his way to protect them.

There's a great message to this film. Probably something along the lines of prejudice (since Walt is less than excited when he meets his new neighbours) and also the idea of gang violence. The gang war leaves an impact on Thao's family. It does make you think which, if you've read my reviews, is a very good thing.

There is some great acting in this and it mostly spans from Clint Eastwood. When I heard he was in this, all I could think of was that he was going to be as badass as always...he didn't disappoint. His performance makes for some great and memorable moments (one of which is a internet meme...just because). The rest of the cast is also great. Bee Vang does a great job of creating a naive character that eventually takes a level of badass as a result of Walt's teachings.

Gran Torino gets a great message across and is a film that makes you think. If you're into that sort of thing, you will enjoy this and especially if you are a fan of Clint Eastwood. He's a good as ever. With a great twist ending, Gran Torino should not be missed.

Clint Eastwood hasn't lost his touch. A film that leaves a great impact and loads of badassery.

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