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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.
Growl... Zipperhead... Growl... Growl... Eggroll... Growl... Growl... Click-Clack, Ding-Dong and Charlie Chan... Growl... Growl... Growl... We shot men, stabbed them with bayonets, chopped up 17 year olds with shovels... Growl... Growl... Growl... Get me another beer, Dragon Lady! This one's running on empty... Growl... Growl... I used to stack fucks likes you five feet high in Korea... use ya for sand bags... Growl… Growl… Yeah, well just keep your hands off my dog… Growl... Growl... Growl... Growl... Growl...
I absolutely adore the way Clint Eastwood growls out his performance in Gran Torino. Nobody does grizzly, chewed up and bitter, better then Eastwood.
This is my second time of watching Gran Torino and it wasn't as shocking as the first time…
"I'm proud to be able to call you my friend."
One of Eastwood's masterpieces: Unforgiven isn't Eastwood's last western, this is. Street gangs replace warring factions of a town, the youngest is pulled in-between, a priest mediates all conflict. And Eastwood himself is almost Fordian. He's a good-bad man, he rejects all emotion, he accepts his killer past....and one day, "like Paul on the road to Damascus," he changes. Through this Eastwood achieves his most sustained masterclass in economy. We're only given tiny glimpses into Walt's past: the silver star, lines like "I killed a lot of men," or "what haunts a man isn't what he's told to do, it's what he does without being asked" (something like that, I'll…
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.
A statement on racial relations and the nature of violence which not only functions as an incredible piece of drama but also a terrifyingly complex portrait of an all-American relic. Eastwood's classical style of film-making lacks a certain grace, but I'll be damned if this doesn't pack a wallop - no matter how fatalistic it may be. Violence is a cycle and that's why Eastwood had nothing more than a lighter in his hand at the end - a symbol of his militaristic past that goes with him. Heart-wrenching.
Letters to the Director #15- Gran Torino
To Mr. Clint Eastwood,
You're a freakin genius!
Making a movie brilliantly addressing the generational gap between old and young alongside the ever-growing race problem in the States, while also investigating the importance of life and death and the power of friendship. Everything about this film is done with grace, honesty, and care. You could care less if the harsh language present will offend anybody; you just want to present your views on how this problem abounds in society and your steps in how to fix them, and your film, again, addresses such problems very well.
The bond between your old grumpy racist character and the young Asian neighbor has got to be…
I remember this being pretty good. I have my doubts now cause clint eastwood is crazy, but without a rewatch 4 stars seems fair.
IMDb Ratings: 8.2
Why: A inspiring story
My Ratings: 10 - #Masterpiece
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Clint Eastwood shows his prowess both as a director and actor in Gran Torino. Eastwood explores the power of living with grace in both life and death and the richness of living a life with character. As Roger Ebert wrote "everyone wants to be Clint Eastwood". This is true for the actor, director, man, (and even singer in this one). Gran Torino is an emotional and powerful (near) bookend to one of Hollywoods greatest careers.
In love with this story. Gran Torino talks about life and dead, how life isn't fair until we fight for it, how dead can be both sweet and sad. The character of Clint, Walt or Wally, made me laugh and cry at the same time.
Congratulations Mr. Eastwood, I must say as a director as well as an actor. He sure knows how to touch souls. Never disappoints.
Clint Eastwood went out the original gangster he is and always will be.
The comedy. The drama. The scowling and growling. Just...the brilliance of this was a good experience. Yes a experience. I just ...some may think Clint comes off as bitter but it's like a inside review from his previous work. This film was so good.
Misanthropic Eastwood rediscovers his heart and does the ultimate sacrifice. Does it work as anti-violence? It could even be an argument that the NRA is right. Which it isn't.
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Kind of like THE SEARCHERS, GRAN TORINO recognizes that there's no amount of plot contrivance that would save a racist from being a racist and that the only possible saving grace is that he can become somewhat less racist, especially in times of strife and violence. Both contain characters coming to terms with their inherent limitations of empathy near the ends of their lives, ultimately resulting in personal sacrifices for the greater good. If Walter's actions are perceived as being a white savior then it should also be noted that his final act is more of a foundation of an alliance with the surrounding non-white community rather than a straightforward vengeance for his own non-white friends - it isn't he…
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