Excerpt: A generally enjoyable but problematic departure for Eastwood which works best during its lighter moments but gets too dark for its own good while trying to create heightened tension and drama.
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. His career really took off when he teamed with Don Siegel as he became the embodiment of revenge in “Dirty Harry” (still quite possibly his greatest character he’s ever played).
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. As he is introduced to a Hmong family next door through a series of circumstances, something slowly changes his perspective. Suddenly, Walt becomes an acceptable means of calling for 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. Here, Eastwood stars as Walt Kowalski, a retired Korean War veteran and Michigan auto worker who’s just suffered the loss of his beloved wife.
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. But events force Walt to defend those neighbors against a local gang that feeds on violence and fear.
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. Excellent video and audio transfers heighten dramatic impact, and though a slim spate of supplements will disappoint fans, they can't keep this disc from earning a hearty recommendation.
Summary: Sounds like you know a lot more about death than you do living . Any list of the top directors working today that doesn't at least consider the names Spielberg, Scorsese, Boyle, Coen, Nolan, and Eastwood is suspect at best. Of those names, though, only one has enjoyed an equal amount of success on both sides of the camera -- Clint Eastwood.
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 straightforward, and the events surrounding him, more or less, are predictable to a degree. Gran Torino is a difficult film to describe because it does exactly the opposite.