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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