Wednesday, January 7, 2009
"Get off my lawn!"
I just saw GRAN TORINO and loved it!
Clint Eastwood's latest film and his first acting roll since 'Million Dollar Baby' - Clint knocks this one out of the ball-park... He continues to prove that he is a solid filmmaker making memorable films and Torino is no different, the film is a true testament to his ability as both actor & director.
If you haven't seen the film you should. Eastwood takes the roll of Walt and makes him a very sympathetic old curmudgeon, in any other actors hands the character could have been just a parody of some fowl-mouthed old racist bastard!
"Eastwood plays retired auto worker Walt Kowalski, an iron-willed veteran living in a changing world, who is forced by his immigrant neighbors to confront his own long-held prejudices. The people he once called his neighbors have all moved or passed away, replaced by Hmong immigrants, from Southeast Asia, he despises. Resentful of virtually everything and everyone he sees, Walt is just waiting out the rest of his life...until the night his teenage neighbor Thao tries to steal his prized '72 Gran Torino, under pressure from Hmong gang-bangers. But Walt stands in the way of both the heist and the gang, making him the reluctant hero of the neighborhood--especially to Thao's mother and older sister, Sue, who insist that Thao work for Walt as a way to make amends. Though he initially wants nothing to do with these people, Walt eventually gives in and puts the boy to work, setting into motion an unlikely friendship that will change both their lives."
Gran Torino pulls no punches with it's language, and there are many moments in the film where you will say - 'did he just say what I think he said?!' But there is an honesty to the film that I haven't seen in a film in a long time. To say this could be Clint's best work, would be unfair to whatever he may be doing next...