Gran Torino (2008) Review

So this is supposed to be Clint Eastwood’s final film in front of the camera . . . I really hope it is not, as he really is just a fantastic actor. He really has the onscreen presence which is so often lacked in younger actors. Clint Eastwood is an acting legend and should be watched by everyone. I am also very impressed with his directing skills as well.


Gran Torino, Korean War vet Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) sets out to reform his neighbor, a young Hmong teenager, who tried to steal Kowalski’s prized possession: his 1972 Gran Torino. So Walt is not amused with the way his neighbourhood has turned into over the years. With people from different countries now living their.

Walt has a very turbulent relationship with his two sons, as he does not really know them. He therefore does not really know his grandchildren. I must say I was not impressed with the clothes they were wearing for their grandmothers funeral either. Very disrespectful, especially the granddaughter who then proceeded to use her mobile phone during the service. Anyway this is just one of the many issues that have made Walt into the bitter and twisted man he is, and some of the reasons for it too.

Clint Eastwood really is fantastic at playing the guy who has a sordid past and needs to accept these different things, see ‘Unforgiven’ and ‘Million Dollar Baby’. Being a massive fan of ‘Million Dollar Baby’, I could not help draw a few comparisons from ‘Gran Torino’ probably both characters involvement with priests and not being too nice to them at all. Because both characters have lost faith in religion for different events which occurred in their lives.

Anyway, ‘Gran Torino’ tackles the gang culture and how some people really do not seem to have a choice in the matter and are forced into a life of crime, when that is far from what they want. But they are too weak to be able to get themselves away from it. This is where Walt steps in when he befriends his neighbours Sue and Thao.

While the subject matter of gangs and then different races in general may seem really heavy, this film really does have so extremely funny lines and dialogue. Every possible race is “insulted” or more made fun of in this film. Mainly by there own doing which is amusing to watch. Possibly this could be the reason it was snubbed from an Oscar nominations.

The ending is very powerful and just fantastic, I do not want to spoil it as I was not entirely sure myself what exactly was going to happen.

While the support acting is not too good, I really would recommend this film just for Clint Eastwood’s (possible) final performance on camera. As he really does show he is one of the greatest and best.

One thought on “Gran Torino (2008) Review

  1. Gran Torino is not Eastwood’s best film as director or actor but it perfectly encapsulates his onscreen persona and his brilliant directorial career. Good review, check out mine when you can!


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