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Gran Torino

A movie directed by Clint Eastwood

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It's Really That Good

  • Jun 15, 2009
What hasn't been said about Gran Torino? Probably not much is left at this point. Well here's my take on the film. It's outstanding, the best job Eastwood has done to date.

This is a very carefully constructed film. Eastwood has to come off as a crotchety old curmudgeon, and that's easy acting for him. Within the first 20 minutes his curmudgeondom is established. The tough part for any film is that transition when the curmudgeon becomes likeable or human. Eastwood did a fabulous job at making that transition perfectly. His motivation for the relationship with his neighbors is 100% completely beleiveable. I bought it, and I've seen hundreds of films where I never bought it. The film easily climbs this hill and then rides down for the next hour to where the film's climax is established. The first indication of film trouble is at the construction office - after Walt and Tao leave the construction office, the camera focuses on the construction boss for about 10 or 15 seconds too long. It's a beat played too long. Eastwood made a few tiny errors at the final transition point, where he turns from the likeable guy with a heart to the vigilanty. The big misstep for me was when Tao comes over to Walt's house and Tao says let's go kill these guys. The dialog didn't work well, there was some odd editing, and the cage thing was just a bit too drawn out. There was symbolism here, that was good, but the pacing / editing was just jarring compared to the rest of the film.

The most remarkable part of this film - almost every movie (bar masterpieces) have this very akward time around the midpoint of the film. Gran Torino did not have that problem, Eastwood delayed the strange transition to 7/8 of the way through the movie. An odd choice on his part.

Blu-Ray is amazing. The sound effects are so real. Pool balls knocking together in the left rear channel sounded like they were in the house and real. It just goes on and on. Sound was so well done in this film. The images on the other hand were not so special. It was well filmed, but sadly the contrast was a bit flatter than I would have liked.

One last bad part, turn off the sound at the last scene. Clint Eastwood performs the theme song and it's awful. No it's just plain pitiful. Don't listen, you will Van Gogh your ears if you do.

One other odd piece, the Blu-Ray disc has almost no speical features. What is there, is lame. I mean really lame. Two pieces about the car (who really cares), and a piece about the Eastwood look. Some previews, and some nasty junk from Warner Brothers you have to sign up to get.

Go ahead, buy this disc, it's really that good.

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review by . June 12, 2011
A great movie that touches on many issues
This drama, starring Clint Eastwood, and directed, produced, and partially written by him, is properly advertised as "the performance of a lifetime." It is undoubtedly one of the best films. The story is about an elderly man, an award winning veteran of the Korean War, an atheist, who has never been found contentment in life, whose wife just died, and who, knowing her husband's problems, asks a young parish priest to look after him. He lives in a neighborhood that has changed, surrounded …
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Eastwood depicts a population in our country that is becoming more and more prominent. The elder veteran in a changing world, he responds to attacks on his freedom by reaching out to an unlikely family from another world.
Quick Tip by . July 25, 2010
Eastwood should have retired after this movie. It's one of his best in a while.
Quick Tip by . July 24, 2010
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A bigoted Korean war vet and widow stands up for his Hmong neighbors when the local gang terrorizes his neighborhood. Lots of great moments with Clint Eastwood in great form. If he does in fact retire with this movie, he's going out on a high note.
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
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Gran Torino is an excellent film that shows Eastwood still has it. Definitely teaches us tolerance is the best policy.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
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Clint at 80 is still the man! Love that pure Detroit muscle car!
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Great movie Clint Eastwood at his absolute best you have to have this in your movie library
review by . July 10, 2010
   Orignally I steered clear of this movie, not wanting to risk ruining my great memories of Dirty Harry, but one night a friend talked me into watching it and WOW was I glad he did. This movie was one of the best movies I've seen in years. It had an excellent plot, as well as great character development, and if that's not enough for you it had a good moral thrown in as well. When you first meet Clint Eastwood's character is soon after his wife died. He's a veteran of Vietnam, …
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review by . April 07, 2010
Take a classic action hero years removed from his action days, a cast of people who have never acted in a movie before, an experienced director and a cleverly plotted and written picture and you get a classic.    Gran Torino works on every level. Eastwood absolutely shines as a old vet and autoworker who has two great pleasures in his life, his wife whose funeral begins the movie and his Gran Torino. As Detroit changes and falls apart and the neighbors are increasingly Hmong …
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Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also stars in the film. The film marks Eastwood's return to a lead acting role after four years, his last leading role having been in Million Dollar Baby. The film features a predominantly Hmong cast, as well as Eastwood's younger son, Scott Eastwood, playing "Trey". Eastwood's oldest son, Kyle Eastwood, provided the score. The film opened to theaters in a limited release in North America on December 12, 2008, and later to a worldwide release on January 9, 2009.

The story follows Walt Kowalski, a recently widowed Korean War veteran who is alienated from his family and angry at the entire world. On a dare by his cousin for initiation into a gang, Thao, Walt's young neighbor, tries to steal Walt's prized 1972 Ford Gran Torino. Walt develops a relationship with the boy and his family.

Gran Torino was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $269 million worldwide.
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Director: Clint Eastwood
Genre: Action, Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: June 9, 2009
Runtime: 116 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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