Matt’s Movies: Eastwood Still In His Prime In “Gran Torino”

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by Matt Marble

Most movie buffs think that Clint Eastwood was at his prime playing Dirty Harry or starring in one of his many “spaghetti” westerns.

But I think that Gran Torino proves that Eastwood is still in his prime, as both a leading Actor and Director.

He stars as Walt Kowalski, a retired autoworker and Korean War Vet, who’s not afraid to pronounce his hatred for…well everybody.

When a Hmong teenager tries to steal his mint condition 1972 Gran Torino, his temper flares. After the failed carjacking, the boy’s family insists that he repays Walt by working odd jobs. Over time, Walt gets used to the kid. A series of events lead to a very heartfelt and memorable climax.

In the beginning of the film, I was unsettled by the anger that Eastwood possessed for the Hmong people, but by the end, you can witness the transformation from angry old man to caring neighbor.

You don’t have to be a fan of Clint Eastwood to enjoy Gran Torino – just a fan of great storytelling…and remember, this film is rated R for a reason.

Gran Torino is playing at many local movie theaters; you can find movietimes here.

Here’s the trailer for the film, which was ranked #1 at the box office last weekend, as well as an AP feature on Eastwood:

[EDITOR’S NOTE: “Matt’s Movies” is a regular movie-review column written by Matt Marble, a 17-year old student at Highline School District’s Big Picture High School.

If you have a movie you’d like for him to review, please email him.

Look for more of his movie reviews and other articles soon on The B-Town Blog!]

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2 Responses to “Matt’s Movies: Eastwood Still In His Prime In “Gran Torino””
  1. Alex says:

    This movie was amazing. I love Clint Eastwood both as a director and actor. Though I am not sure about some of the other characters. The kid who played toad was a horrible actor in my opinion, but still worth seeing for sure.

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  2. coffee says:

    Clint Eastwood used his outward crankiness to come across as tough and yet also heroic at the same time, well done i'd say

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