Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao Lor (Bee Vang), a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood.Written by
Many Clint Eastwood fans see parallels between this movie and Eastwood's Unforgiven (1992). Both movies open with his wife having died, and he plays an old-fashioned character having trouble adapting to a rapidly modernizing world. Where Unforgiven (1992) is widely regarded as Eastwood's goodbye to his many western roles, such as his "Man with No Name" persona from the A Fist Full of Dollars trilogy, this movie is considered by many to be Eastwood saying farewell to the trademark no-nonsense lawman character that he played in many movies like The Gauntlet (1977) and the Dirty Harry (1971) film franchise. See more »
The cigarette burn on Thao's face changes several times. See more »
God, I am sorry for Dorothy, Walt. She was a real peach.
Thanks for coming, Al.
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The credits scroll over a highway overlooking the lake shore, with the Warner Logo appearing in black and white. See more »
Gran Torino - They don't make them like they used to....
Mr. Eastwood has a knack for storytelling. Instead of being preachy or having an all to obvious agenda, he lets his viewers make up their own minds. His characters don't have a message, they have a life and make no excuses for who they are. In so many subtle and intelligent ways we are allowed to make our own choices. Like with Kowalski in the movie, you are not confronted with a role model hammering home all those "life's important messages", but rather with a movie saying "Look! This is the way it worked out for me. And I think I know a few tricks that might help you, but in the end it's your own life. However, you have to trust me when I say that there are a some things you don't want to see or experience!". Some people will leave this movie entirely untouched, others will certainly be crying their guts out. Not because some people "get it" and others "don't", but because it is a brilliant piece of entertainment reaching out to every viewer in its own specific way.
Eastwood's acting is top notch again, although the years have not been very kind to his voice. The rest of the cast are fine, but one can certainly spot their more amateurish backgrounds here and there which is the main reason why I could not give this one a 10/10.
Apart from that there is little to criticize. It's not an action movie, not a drama movie and certainly not a comedy (even though you get a few laughs out of this one). It's simply a good story about life.....and death.
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