Directed by eastwood from a script by newcomer nick schenk, gran torino is eastwood's hell-raising salute to every hardass he's ever played cranky walt often communicates in a growl that sounds like a demon in need of an exorcist ( wait till you hear eastwood rasp a few bars of the film's memorable title. Are you into fast cars, old men and awkward inter-racial barbeques so are the schmoes in this installment our heroes review clint eastwood's gran torino does dirty harry still have it was oscar right to snub william munny will any orangutans show up to help with truck-driving duties enjoy. However, the film proves to be about alternatives to prejudice and vigilantism: as in his great 1992 western unforgiven, eastwood has made a sometimes violent film that is also a disavowal of violence gran torino is also a modest anatomy of american racism admittedly, the asian characters play a. Gran torino type: movie current status: in season mpaa: r runtime: 116 minutes limited release date: 12/12/08 performer: clint eastwood, brian haley , cory hardrict director: clint eastwood distributor: warner bros author: dave johannson, nick schenk genre: actionadventure, drama we gave it. Read the empire review of gran torino find out everything you need to know about the film from the world's biggest movie destination.
If you are an asian reading this review (or any minority, just replace the slurs) i can only wonder how many times it would take for an ignorant korean war vet calling you a “gook” or a “slope” before you either punched him in the face or asked him to never speak to you again gran torino presents such a. Gran torino received generally positive reviews rotten tomatoes reported that 80% of critics gave the film certified fresh positive write-ups, based upon a sample of 224, with an average score of 71/10 and the site's consensus stating: though a minor entry in eastwood's body of work,. Detroit's hmong immigrant community plays a prominent role in clint eastwood's film gran torino clint eastwood directs and stars as walt kowalski, a receding man in a longtime receding city that is now peopled with faces from “far away” lands as a veteran and retired autoworker facing the end of his life, walt eventually. Clint eastwood delivers yet another flinty performance, this time as walt kowalski , an ornery, recently widowed korean war veteran in a neighborhood where the residents are predominantly foreign immigrants.
What other figure in the history of the cinema has been an actor for 53 years, a director for 37, won two oscars for direction, two more for best picture, plus the thalberg award, and at 78 can direct himself in his own film and look meaner than hell none, that's how many gran torino stars eastwood as an. Gran torino is a mature work, self-assured enough to let its audience make sense of the situation  the film's ending points to eastwood's difficulties with his own past roles, as dirty harry goes out in a pacifist blaze of glory that's as exultant as it is disheartening it points back to the issue of age, and.
Well, along comes gran torino, and eastwood looks to be a front-runner he's essentially giving his swan song performance in a role that both plays and challenges his archetypical roles and what does the academy do they ignore it but audiences flocked to the film, getting the film to nearly $150 million. While clint eastwood is compelling as the lead in gran torino, the film is empty and unsatisfying. In gran torino, clint eastwood's character – walt kowalski – goes from being an unashamed racist to still racist but, perhaps, a little more likeable over the course of the film, he slowly bonds with a hmong family that moves in next door to him, feuds with a local priest, contracts lung cancer and stands up. Gran torino is an amazingly over-the-top anti-racism parable but, despite its obvious shortcomings, it is nevertheless effective and affecting the storytelling style is old fashioned in what it does and unsubtle in the way it goes about doing it.
It is in some ways appropriate that gran torino is supposedly clint's last on- screen performance (unless this is some jay-z-esque attention seeking ploy) because the character of walt kowalski is like a nostalgic summing up of his entire acting career from his terse western outlaws to the wreckless dirty. Approved by the author(s) or jsaaea journal of southeast asian american education & advancement, vol 5(2010) film review eastwood, c, gerber, b, & lorenz, r (producers), & eastwood, c (director) (2008) gran torino [motion picture] united states: warner bros looking gran torino in the eye: a review by. Film review – gran torino (2008) clint eastwood as walt kowalski walt kowalski (clint eastwood) clint eastwood's place in cinema history has been well and truly established by both his iconic presence on screen and his talented work behind the camera eastwood really doesn't need to prove himself. The ford gran torino earned its footnote in pop culture history when a ketchup- red 75 model with a white racing stripe was featured every week in the tv cop show starsky and hutch the model shown here is an earlier vintage, 1972, and its owner's glory days would appear to be from around the same.
Gran torino opens with a shot of the protagonist (clint eastwood, who also directed) standing by his wife's coffin, looking more pissed than mournful and why shouldn't he be his doughy middle-aged sons use japanese suvs to tote around disrespectful grandchildren who wear belly-baring shirts to their. Gran torino tackles racism head on although the main character walt kowalski , played by clint eastwood, is prejudiced against almost everyone, the film focuses on an asian neighborhood, uncovering racism and violence the neighborhood has gone down hill since it has become immigrant-dominated. Gran torino movie review gran torino (2008 r) in theaters: friday, 12 december 2008 summary: disgruntled korean war vet walt kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a young hmong teenager, who tried to steal kowalski's prized possession: his 1972 gran torino genre: crime, drama director: clint eastwood.
Never the ambassador of understatement, clint eastwood fits “gran torino” comfortably alongside the rest of his directorial oeuvre a pleasurably performed character study of racism and redemption, “torino” doesn't have much nuance to soothe the demanding filmgoer the pleasures of. Gran torino movie reviews & metacritic score: retired auto worker walt kowalski fills his days with home repair, beer and monthly trips to the barber the pe.
I feel like i should let everyone reading this know of my inherent bias in favor of this film i have seen twenty eight films from clint eastwood as director and have liked the vast majority of them, and loved a good number of them (my average rating for the 28 films is 79) still, something felt off about gran torino based on the. A scrooge for the 21st century has arrived just in time for christmas, and wouldn't you know he's come back in the form of dirty harry as the spitting, swearing, hate-spewing lead character of gran torino, clint eastwood delivers a lacerating and hilarious valedictory of a career as america's most lovable. In the opening scene of this extraordinary spiritual movie, walt kowalski (clint eastwood), a korean war veteran, is standing in front of a working-class detroit catholic church at the funeral of his beloved wife he scowls at the disrespect evidenced by the unruly children of his two upscale sons he's not pleased when the. Gran torino being a clint showcase helmed by the last movie star himself, walt's reformation is nearly inevitable, but skirts being cloying on the strength of the 78-year-old icon's raspy brusqueness he flavors the sentimentality with a dash of bitters nick schenk's screenplay is an archetypal one, full of.