Gran Torino: the movie 2008
Gran Torino is the latest movie by the legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood. Every time when I think Clint Eastwood has reached his peak as a director, I am being reassured with his latest movie. This was indeed the case also with the Gran Torino (2008) blockbuster movie. I have seen his Million Dollar Baby (2004), and Changeling (2008), and I enjoyed them very much, but in my opinion this film is way much better. If you have not seen the movie yet, I recommend purchasing the DVD edition. Gran Torino (Widescreen Edition)
Gran Torino movie director and main actor
Plot and main characters
The plot of this action/drama/thriller film evolves around the dissatisfied Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski, who becomes even more distressed with his new Asian neighbors in his Michigan neighborhood. At the beginning of the film, he is depicted as full of prejudices, bad-tempered, unsentimental, and unhappy old man. The situation is getting out of hand when he catches the neighbor teenage boy Thao Vang Lor, who is trying to steal his 1972 Gran Torino. Finding that Tao is being pressed into crime by his gang member cousin, Kowalski, whose wife has just departed and who has no good family relationship with his sons, sets out to help the boy. Step by step he becomes befriended with the boy and his family, learning different things about their Hmong culture. With time, his rasistic judgements ease off, and we are witnessing a real transformation of the old man's attitude, who will do everything to protect his new friends against the cowardly attacks of the gang members. Side by side with Clint Eastwood in this movie we see Geraldine Hughes and John Carroll Lynch in the main leading roles. In Gran Torino there are many actors from among the Hmong people. Clint Eastwood has also produced this movie.
The magic of Gran Torino
This movie kept me in my chair the whole time, and even after the movie ended. This movie made me think afterwards. Gran Torino is a good example how a film can be commercially successful and at the same time of great artistic and moral value. By the way, Gran Torino is by far the most successful movie by Clint Eastwood if judged from the box office results alone, grossing over $270 million all over the world. As much as the plot is relatively simple at first sight, the characters are so well built up, and the pace of the movie so delicately tuned, that you literary have no time to rest or focus you attention elsewhere. I am not going to reveal the ending of the Gran Torino movie to you, since I would not like to spoil your pleasure, but I will tell you this: the conclusion of the movie is as unexpected as it is grandiose and carries great moral lessons within.
After seeing this movie I can guarantie you - you will get not only action, drama and thrilling moments. You will get a message, an idea, that you can carry with you and think about it. Unlike so many movies, you will not forget the plot after a couple of weeks, you will not forget the title, or worse, forget that the movie ever existed. This film will certainly not fade in your memories for a long period of time.
And if you think about it a bit more deeply, you will see that this movie is not so much about coexistence of different cultures and different people. It is more about finding friendship where it is least expected, discovering that underneath the mask of bitterness, dissatisfaction and pain, there is a level of true and untainted good, nobility, and willingless to sacrifice for the welfares of others. Some movie critics might not be completely satisfied with the film, but the majority of the reviews I have seen are strongly positive. I am confident Gran Torino will be remembered as one of the most significant movies in Eastwood's filmography.
Music from the movie
Gran Torino awards
Gran Torino wasn't nominated for an individual Academy Award, and was only acknowledged as one of the best 10 movies in 2008 by American Film Institute (AFI). How didn't it win an Oscar is a real mystery to me. I personally thought this film was a genuine swan song of Clint Eastwood as an actor, and deserved at least a nomination, if not an Oscar for his stunning performance.
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