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Gran Torino
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06.17.2009 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Clint Eastwood

Actors:
Clint Eastwood
Christopher Carley
Bee Vang

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A lonely, old man becomes wrapped up in the lives of his Asian neighbors after he protects the youngest boy from an Asian gang. Despite his bitterness towards his own family, he finds himself looking after his neighbors.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Clint Eastwood has played some tough characters over the years. Like most action heroes, thereís always a blend of reality and fiction that forces the audience to suspend belief just long enough to buy into what the hero is doing. I expected more of the same from GRAN TORINO, but was pleasantly surprised by how real the hero was. Heís not Superman and itís clear from the beginning that this is a different kind of hero than what weíre used to seeing Clint transform into.

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.
THE EXTRAS
Manning the Wheel (9:23): Of course, the car has to have its own featurette since the movie is named after it. It starts out very movie specific, then it gets generic and looks at cars and American men in general. This is pretty much a fluff piece and an excuse to talk about cars.

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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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Iíve talked to several people about this film and the general consensus is that everyone under 30 likes it and everyone over 40 loves it. Iím not sure what that says about our society, but I think most people will get a kick out of it.
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