Matt’s Movies: Eastwood Still In His Prime In “Gran Torino”
by Matt Marble
Most movie buffs think that Clint Eastwood was at his prime playing Dirty Harry or starring in one of his many â€œspaghettiâ€ 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 forâ€¦well everybody.
When a Hmong teenager tries to steal his mint condition 1972 Gran Torino, his temper flares. After the failed carjacking, the boyâ€™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 donâ€™t have to be a fan of Clint Eastwood to enjoy Gran Torino â€“ just a fan of great storytellingâ€¦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:
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