04 January 2009

Gran Torino

Spanks - 3.5

Director - Clint Eastwood

Writers - Nick Schenk & Dave Johannson

Starring - Clint Eastwood, Ahney Her, Bee Vang & Christopher Carley

Release Date - 12 December 08 (limited release) and 9 January 09 (wide release)

MPAA Rating - R

Don't base Gran Torino on the trailer. I didn't want to see it after watching the trailer, but went because my friends wanted to see it. Whoever was in charge of producing the trailer made it seem like a different kind of movie. I was very impressed with the film. It was a lot better then Benjamin Button.

The film is about racism that still exist in America in 2008. It follows Clint Eastwood's character, a Korean War veteran, who is struggling with life after the death of his wife. The fact that his neighborhood is being over run by the Hmung doesn't make him any happier. After the troubled teenage neighbor tries to steal his 1972 Gran Torino, he takes the kid under his supervision to make him a good kid.

The film is full of racial remarks to his neighbors, and sometimes he says it right to them. He says some that I have never heard too. If you don't like racist language, this isn't the film for you. Eastwood's character is one of those cool old men who don't care what people think and does whatever he wants because he wants to do it. He does a great job at it, I wouldn't be surprised if he is nominated for an award for acting or directing.

Gran Torino makes you laugh at times, but it also makes you think. Above all it entertains, and that is why we go to the cinema.


rodney said...

I don't know Spanky...I loved the trailer. I got to see this one but then I am a bog Eastwood fan.

Thansk for the review!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reviews. I can't wait to see Gran Torino. Didn't want to see Benjamin button and after your review glad i didn't bother.