Gran Torino Movie Reviews

Gran Torino

Gran Torino

Release Date: Dec 19, 2008

Genre: Drama

Rating: (R)

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  • 5
    I really really enjoyed this movie in a way that was unexpected!!

    Eastwood is so over the top with his all consuming racism you cant help but laugh...all the while you kind of think about all those crochety old people that we ourselves encounter every day. I came to realize that entertwined with all their blatant ignorance is true wisdom only earned with age and experience!!

    This may or may not be Eastwoods last epic film but I sure do hope he has many more to come. Its an award winning performance if I ever saw one!
  • 5
    Must see movie! I think everyone should see this even children even though the language is bad but they will learn a good lesson. I could write about it all day but all I can say is that I highly suggest everyone see this movie. Clint Eastwood is the best.
  • 5
    CLint Eastwood did it right this time. Be prepared to have your eyes and your heart open up and spill over. This is not what I expected to see at all and I was pleasantly surprised. A great movie for couples to go and see. Both will enjoy.
  • 5
    We loved this movie! Of course, we love Clint Eastwood. But even if you\'ve never seen any of his old movies- you will like this one. Has a good story. Kind of different in some ways from his usual movies. Entertaining and one you don\'t have to think alot to enjoy!
  • 5
    This is Clint Eastwood's best movie and I will not be surprised if it wins best film. Clint plays an interesting character in a way that only Clint could. It is a commentary on our society, our values, our differences and the declining importance our society has on honor and respect. Eastwood does this with never being too preachy or his character ever changing some base values even as he learns new perspectives on other's culture. The film pulls you along and where some films make an astonishing leap for the title character at the end, this film shows the gradual growth of the character till its end. I loved it and it is suitable for anyone although parents will have to explain some of the films more "racist" comments and share the context.
  • 4
    If this does turn out to be Clint Eastwood’s last role—as he has threatened to make it on more than one occasion—he couldn’t have chosen a better one. Gran Torino isn’t a perfect film, but as a man who has lost his wife and is trying to deal with his own prejudices in a neighborhood full of immigrants, Eastwood gives it real heart and a reason to watch with fascination.

    It’s not just that Eastwood has become a better actor as he ages, though I would argue that indeed he has. It’s that he’s incorporated the iconic elements of his early performances into his more nuanced and mature performances of the last 15 years. There are glimpses of his earlier characters in his performance here, but at the same time he’s never played anyone quite like Walt Kowalski.

    The title comes from Kowalski’s 1972 Gran Torino, which a local Asian teenager tries to steal. Kowalski makes it his mission to set him straight, but it’s not really the plot that matters here. It’s the character study, the chance to watch Eastwood at the top of his game. Even when the movie starts to dip into schmaltz, Eastwood always manages to pull it out and make it something special.

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