Disgruntled Korean War vet Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a young Hmong teenager, who tried to steal Kowalski’s prized possession: his 1972 Gran Torino.
I wasn’t sure what to think about this movie when I first heard about it. Hadn’t seen very many trailers on tv or even heard a lot about it. Just knew it was another Clint Eastwood movie, directed and starring him. Can’t be all that bad right? I mean Clint Eastwood…the original badass? Well, I had slight doubt in the movie. I mean Clint Eastwood will be 79 this year, does he really still have it in him?
The plot of the movie was done fairly well. Eastwood’s wife passes away and even though he’s a hard ass in the movie, he’s still able to show that he misses her. The beginning shows her funeral, where his two sons and their families attend…showing that his grandchildren do not have much respect for the dead or their elders…clearly. Eastwood plays a bigot hard ass Vietnam vet who pretty much just wants to be left alone after his wife passes. They do a good job showing how detached his family actually is…he then, eventually, befriends his Hmong neighbors (Asians who helped the US in Vietnam and eventually migrated to the US). The ending of the movie was very predictable…I probably could have guessed it just by reading a synopsis (and JK’s synopsis spelled it out for us lol).
The acting in the movie was sub par. I did thoroughly enjoy the film but found it hard to maintain focus and couldn’t relate with some of the characters as they did a piss poor job..Thao (the young Hmong boy) was by far the worst. Eastwood did a good job, but some scenes lacked believeability and he may have been on life support between scenes. Won’t be surprised if this is his last film.
No real visual effects in the movie, however it did flow very well. A lot of Eastwood’s dialogue was the greatest. I haven’t laughed that hard at a movie in quite sometime. Most people referred to him as him being their grandfather. He was very hard nosed, stubborn and took no BS from anyone. It was awesome. I heard quite a few racial slurs in the movie that I’ve never heard before. The only downside to this, was, you’re sort of not sure how to react…should you laugh…be offended? As I looked around the theatre at the different ethnicities that were watching the film as well…they were laughing just as hard as I was…so I guess that made it ok. lol. So if you’re offended easily…probably not the film for you.
Overall…I loved this movie…I would go back AND pay full price…to see it again. I recommend anyone who wants to see a funny, heart touching movie to go out and see this immediately. It’s full of awesome! I’ll rank this one 3 1/2, good plot, good dialogue…sub par acting is what hurt this film dramastically, but it makes up for it everywhere else. Again…a MUST see. Granted, you’ll probably feel as I did and be like…eh I just don’t know…but trust me…you have to see this…excellent film.
Until next time mofo’s….see you at the movies!!