The film is really a long character study about Walt (Clint Eastwood). Everything that happens is a way to further our understanding of Walt and his eventual growth that heís bound to go through. We all know Clint is a master storyteller and here he manages to tell a story without the bells and whistles that he normally uses. Just about everything in the film is subtle and subdued, which makes the film more enjoyable, despite the fact you want Clint to bash some heads in during each scene.
But I canít say that I loved the film. At the end of the day, I felt like I was watching my Grandpa on the screen. The racism and the unwarranted bitterness was funny for a while, but it eventually got old. I also got sick of Clintís need to grunt every ten seconds. I realized he was frustrated with the people around him, but enough with the grunting. As for the acting, Clint was great, but his costars didnít do very well. I didnít think any of them were really cut out for appearing in this kind of film.
However, even with the few faults, it was fun to watch Clint Eastwood be a tough guy again. I know the ending made for a better film, but I felt it was anticlimactic. I wonít spoil it, but I think they could have done a little more and still kept the integrity of the story.
Gran Torino: More than a car (3:57): Itís become a frustrating trend on discs to split up a featurette that should be one. This one should have been added onto the previous featurette. It focuses on a classic car convention in Detroit. Various people talk about how much they love cars.
The Eastwood Way (19:17): This was a nice featurette that covered several aspects of the film. It mainly featured Clint talking about the movie and how he came to be a part of it. Itís better than most of your average featurettes, but it does have several movie scenes in it.
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