A Review of Clint Eastwood's Movie Gran Torino
Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino came out in 2008: he stars in the movie and also produced and directed it. It is a popular movie and was successful at the box office. I hired the DVD and found it to be entertaining. Eastward plays as Walt kowalski who has been widowed and is an ex Korean war veteran.
Walt is cut off from his family to a great extent and has a permanent surly look on his face; he seems to be at odds with the world and society as a whole. He lives in Highland Park, in the Michigan area, Detroit. His neighbour's are from the Hmong community who are people of Asian descent. I had to look that up when I read about the Hmong's; the ones living in the area were war refugees who came to live in America. Many of them are poor and gangs have been formed.
So what is this movie all about, apart from the angry looking Kowalski and the Hmong people? One of the neighbour's sons, Thao Van Lor (played by Bee Vang) is persuaded by his cousin (known as Spider) to steal Walt's 1972 Ford Gran Torino to get him entry into a gang. He does not succeed in the attempted theft, the gang members try to attack Walt who threatens them with a rifle and they flee.
Walt & his Ford Torino
Walt Kowalski is obviously proud of his Ford Torino, he keeps it in excellent condition and wouldn't want it stolen from under his nose. Personally I rather like the look and sound of the cars from that era.
Walt who lives alone with his dog, sometimes sits on his porch drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. Probably as a result of his bad habits he suffers from a bad cough. A young priest known as Father Janovich tries to help him but Walt rejects him. Then Thao's mother as compensation for her sons misdemeanor gets him to work for Walt who likes to fix things, he's good with his hands. Walt attempts to help the young man turn away from the gangster's way of life. Thao's sister Sue (played by Ahney Her) befriends Walt and helps him to get to know the Hmong people better.
As I've related practically an entire outline of the movie, I'll leave the reader to see the production themselves, the details and the ending are worth watching. Although the movie is called Gran Torina, a grand 1970s car, it's more about the people living in the community and Walt Kowalski's mixed attitude towards other human beings.
An Excellent Movie
© 2014 David Edward Lynch