Ever come across somebody you shouldn't have messed with?
Walt Kowalski, an iron-willed and inflexible Korean War veteran living in a changing world, is forced by his immigrant neighbors to confront his long-held prejudices.
Sometimes I wonder whether Eastwood is such an awesome actor because he gets to play himself in the movies. Here he plays a grouchy badass with a soft spot for being awesome.
I adored this movie; the breakout supporting actors are phenomenal and the pacing is perfect. It feels real despite the heroism. I also laughed. Win.
While it didn't get the Oscar buzz like the string of films before it Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, and Letters From Iwo Jima Gran Torino is a damn good film in my opinion.
I don't know if anybody does grumpy old man better than Clint Eastwood so casting himself in the lead is perfect here. There's just something about his facial expressions, and the way he talks that I find absolutely hilarious in this film although I'm not sure if it was intentionally funny. It kind of reminds me of Sling Blade in that way were while unintentionally funny (maybe not) it's also very touching.
Overall I highly recommend this film, I laughed, I teared up a little, and I generally felt good about the experience.
I forget how much I really like this film until I see it again and my shit memory gets jogged and I go "OHHH YEAAAA I like this movie..."
If Clint Eastwood couldn't get any more bad ass right? He reminds me alot of my grandpa in this film ...minus the dog thing he hates dogs ...
its a great story, sad but honorable
hmm I might need to own this..
A truly great film, Clint Eastwood continues his terrific films even at the later end of his career.
That this film received zero Oscar nominations kind of makes a mockery of the awards. Eastwood gives one of his finest performances in a film that will make you laugh and cry. Film making of the highest calibre from a man who often receives praise for his direction but gets far to little credit as an actor.
Clint Eastwood does a great job as director, but is phenomenal as an actor. His character is so complex and haunted thanks to his delievery and makes the film for me. The film as a whole is entertaining and terrific for me. At times humorous, other times heartwrenching, at all times wonderfully memorable. A fantastic and fascinating character study.
Clint Eastwood plays Walt Kowalski, a cantankerous, irascible, bigoted generally unpleasant old man, with a sneer perennially on his face like he's smelling shit constantly. Unsurprisingly, he nails it. Quite a slight film compared to the Oscar-winners that came before it (Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, et al), with the basic grumpy old man has his icy heart thawed by his relationship with his Korean neighbours plot-line, but in Eastwood's hands it's masterful. The pleasure lies in Clint's performance, and how he manages to make you care and root for such a seemingly-unlikable character. It all builds to an explosive ending. Typically good stuff from old man Eastwood. Sings like he's gargling gravel though.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Brilliantly acted and preformed, what else could I say?
Clint is hard even as an old man. Shocking ending.
While it is predictable to a fault, Gran Torino is yet another wonderful addition to Eastwood's résumé thanks to its fine performances and smooth direction.
First that Batkid thing happened in San Francisco and then I watched this movie. It's been a very emotional day.
A fantastically written, acted, and directed drama with sprinkled comedy throughout. It measures and displays all levels of morals and values, and shows the importance of responsibility and initiative.
Eastwood is memorably grumpy for the first half but goes a bit too warm and fuzzy too quickly at the end.