STARRING: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Cory Hardrict, Brian Haley, Ahney Her
OPINION STARS:4.5 out of 5
THIS FILM IS:Gritty, Emotional, Thoughtful
DESCRIPTION: Surly Korean War vet Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) must confront his Hmong immigrant neighbors – and his own racial prejudices – when the family’s teenage son (Vang) attempts to steal Walt’s beloved 1972 Gran Torino. Walt soon takes it upon himself to watch out for young boy and his sister (Her), both of whom become targets for the local gang.
VIOLENCE & GORE:8/10
SEXUALITY & NUDITY:4/10
NOTE: With fine storytelling and a vintage performance from Eastwood, Gran Torino is a unique and unforgettable experience, tackling the subject of racism while simultaneously exploring themes of redemption, sacrifice, and forgiveness. It’s a morality play of sorts, and haunting one at that, building to a climax both searing and profound. Of course, make sure you know what you’re getting into: this is a rough movie, often difficult to watch, and loaded with assaulting language. Even so, these elements – grimy and unsavory as they are – do not completely obscure the powerful themes this film seeks to grapple with. If you can stomach the harshness, you will find yourself amply rewarded by a complex, profound, and multi-layered piece of filmmaking, one which will linger with you long after the final frame.
IFFY FOR AGE 17
“I’ll blow a hole in your face and then go in the house and sleep like a baby.”
“Many clever men like you have trusted to civilization. Many clever Babylonians, many clever Egyptians, many clever men at the end of Rome. Can you tell me, in a world that is flagrant with the failures of civilisation, what there is particularly immortal about yours?”