Sunday, January 4, 2009

Movie Review: Gran Torino

"Ever notice how you come across somebody once in awhile you shouldn't have messed with? That's me"
We all know one, ya know the cranky old man in the neighborhood, the one that yell's, "get off my lawn"! It could be a neighbor or a relative we've all met one in our lives.
Meet Walt Kowalski, a grissled Korean War vet that has just lost his wife and is completely disconnected from his two sons and their families and the rest of society for the most part.
He has absolutely no poker face and wears his feelings on his sleeve, he tells it how it is and doesn't sugar coat his feeling....in todays PC world he's an imperfect blemish...but that's the problem with our soceity today, were taught that everyone's special and to turn a blind eye on bad people and bad things...like if we ignor it it'll go away...it doesn't.
Gran Torino is a simple story of a man who stands up to a group of gang members and finds a friendship in the most unlikely place for a old splintery man set in his ways that would make Archie Bunker look like a saint. Gran Torino is a terrific drama, I can't say it's an action flick even though Walter reminds me alot of Harry Callahan, this movie is more of a character study of Walter Kowalski. I have alot of respect for Clint Eastwood he is an amazing actor and director and it's amazing how he commands the scenes in this movie, to make you believe that at his age he could kick your ass and not lose sleep over it is a testament to his prowess as an actor!

Aside from Clint Eastwood's terrific performance, I have to say that Bee Vang (Thao) and Ahney Her (Sue) did an exceptional job considering that this was their first time acting in a movie! It was also hilarious seeing clint call his son Scott Eastwood (Trey) a pussy!

Gran Torino is a great movie that'll make you laugh, cringe, cheer and sob. Well worth the price of admission!

B+