Thursday, August 9, 2012

Review: Gran Torino

Director: Clint Eastwood

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley

Year: 2008

Genre: Drama

Rated: R

Length: 116 min.

IMDB 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.

Gritty and moving, Gran Torino employs dark themes and the talents of seasoned actor/director Clint Eastwood to convey a message of hope, respect and compassion. Despite a slow-paced, character-driven plot with little action, this movie captures viewers' attention with its talented acting, stark simplicity and thought-provoking script. A sprinkling of humor lends the film some variety. The ending is dramatic and profound in its grisly, matter-of-fact sacrifice. What I enjoyed the most were Kowalski's talks with Father Janovich, often providing comic relief, and interactions with his next-door neighbor Sue, who opens his eyes to the bitter old man he's been and inspires him to change. If you enjoy stellar character-driven movies, then Gran Torino is well worth your time.

For Parents:
Strong language and some gang-related violence

My Rating:
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