Monday, January 26, 2009

Gran Torino

Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) stoically sits through the funeral of his wife showing contempt for the church and his children. That first scene paints a vivid portrait of Walt; hard nosed, grumpy and disgruntled old man. His home is in a predominantly Vietnamese neighborhood in a Michigan suburb. He hates his Asian neighbors and all he wants is for them to stay away from him. But one rarely gets what they wish for. An attempt to steal his precious Gran Torino by the neighbor boy and ensuing run in with local gang, Walt finds himself inadvertently mentoring the teenager.

Like the New York Times review mentions, the film is almost a homage to the hard nosed Eastwood characters of yesteryear. Like if Dirty Harry had a retired life, this is what it would have been like. But in the end it turns to be the weakest Eastwood flick yet.

Rating: * * +

1 comment:

wenerd said...

Mentoring - i think thats what Clint Eastwood loves to focus on. Underwhelming for lack of a better word.