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Gran Torino: Dirty Harry Comes Out of Retirement, Tells You To Get Off His Lawn

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Gran Torino Movie Poster

Gran Torino Movie Poster

Last night, Cheri and I ventured out to see Clint Eastwood’s new film Gran Torino.

At the center of this movie is Walt Kowalski (played by 78 year-old Eastwood).  He is a racist, retired Detroit autoworker who’s just become a widower.  He is alienated by his family because he’s just seen as a brutish curmudgeon and he finds himself to be the only American left in his neighborhood filled with Hmong immigrants.  After his sheepish teenage neighbor Tao attempts to steal his mint condition 1972 Ford Gran Torino in a forced gang initiation, he slowly begins to befriend the boy and his sister along with the rest of the Hmong community.

Walt is a man that’s always taken care of hostile matters himself.  He’s a Korean War veteran who is haunted everyday by decisions he made there.  As he begins to confront the hoodlums that are bothering his neighbors, he becomes a community hero.  His actions may cause some problems, but he knows to fix them and does so in a very heroic way.

Eastwood’s performance and direction are top notch.  I’ve never seen any of the Dirty Harry movies, but I have a feeling that he was channeling some of that performance here.  Not only was his dramatic performance outstanding, but his comedic timing was perfect as well — allowing for a number of hilarious comedic relief moments to ease the tensions building in the film.

5 / 5


Written by Eric Spiegel

January 11, 2009 at 7:36 am