GRAN TORINO (2008 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì

Gran Torino—exceptionally written script backed with outstanding characterization place this movie in the winner’s arena. The story has spunk. It skillfully interweaves several societal issues into one seamless flow to provide ample after movie conversation. Don’t expect a happy ending; do expect a justified ending from the main character’s point of view. This film does complete credit to Clint Eastwood’s acting, directing, and story-telling skills.

Storyline

Sick and alone, a retired Detroit assembly line worker helps a Hmong family establish a life and defend itself against a Hmong gang.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Clint Eastwood for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Bruce Berman, Jenette Kahn, Tim Moore, and Adam Richman for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood), Father Janovich (Chirstopher Carley), Thao (Bee Vang), Sue (Ahney Her), Mitch Kowalski (Brian Haley), Karen Kowalski (Geraldine Hughes), Ashley Kowalski (Dreama Walker), Steve Kowalski (Brian Howe), Barber Martin (John Carroll Lynch), Tim Kennedy (William Hill), and Vu (Brooke Chia Thao).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The movie’s unwavering attention to detail and refusal to back down on reality make the film a ‘must-see’ watch. Like many of Clint Eastwood’s films it is an easy re-watch.

Ben Meyers

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