Excerpt: Wal Kowalski is a bitter Korea-vet who’s retired from working at the Ford factories and spends his life drinking beer and doing some work in his house. Walt has just lost his wife and he has all but a good relationship with the rest of his family.
Excerpt: Clint Eastwood is one of those guys who you just have to love. He’s gruff and I’m pretty sure all of us wish we had a grandfather just like him. Eastwood, back in his early days, was quite the actor making a name for himself in the Sergio Leone “Spaghetti Western’s” of the mid 60’s.
Excerpt: As Gran Torino starts, Walt Kowalski will accept nothing less than Mr. Kowalski when being addressed. Anything else offends him, and he is not the type of man to let that slide. He’s bitter, angry, and racist, irritated with the world around him.
Excerpt: Clint Eastwood’s film work has been a bit hit or miss in recent years ( Million Dollar Baby was outstanding, though if you missed Blood Work you can be forgiven), but Gran Torino is without question his finest effort in some time, both in front of and behind the camera.
Excerpt: Korean War vet and retired autoworker Walt Kowalski doesn't much like how his life or his neighborhood has turned out. He especially doesn't like the people next door. Hmong immigrants from Southeast Asia.
Conclusion: If you're looking for a movie that encapsulates everything Clint Eastwood is as an actor and filmmaker, look no further than 'Gran Torino.' Efficient, understated direction and authentic performances highlight this simple, affecting story of transformation and salvation.
Excerpt: A good majority of films can be adequately explained in a paragraph or two. It is often a mistake trying to put too much material into a relatively short time frame. As a result, most often a character’s motivation is made relatively clear, the factors concerning his actions relatively...