My Thoughts on Gran Torino

The catching up on late-2008 films continues with this film, which I saw last night.

If it is true that this film will be Clint Eastwood’s final acting role, I can say that he went out with a bang.

In this film, Eastwood channels the spirit of Dirty Harry as a grumpy, old racist man, who is haunted by his experiences in the Korean war and is not too happy that his neighbourhood is switching from a European to Asian community.

The film deals with Eastwood’s character slowly shedding his gruff exterior as he bonds with his Asian neighbours, after he protects them from a local gang.

While it is fun watching Eastwood return to grumpy tough guy, underneath it all is a film with a message about looking past one’s differences.


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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).