Gran Torino (15)

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Tue Feb 17 2009

When Eastwood’s follow-up to ‘Changeling’ was announced in May, he quickly refuted rumours that he was making, belatedly, another ‘Dirty Harry’ picture. If its trailer promises a vigilante movie, the comedy-drama on release is actually a rather wise, insightful exploration of family and friendship, violence and vengeance.

Admittedly, retired Detroit autoworker and Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski (Eastwood, in what, sadly, may be his last lead turn) initially comes across like a curmudgeonly elderly relative of Harry Callahan: unable to conceal his disdain for his folks, his late wife’s priest, and those now inhabiting his slightly run-down suburb, many of whom are Hmongs who left south-east Asia for the US due to the Vietnam War. One such is shy teen Thao (Bee Yang), whose reluctant initiation into a local gang involves stealing Walt’s beloved 1972 Gran Torino…

Cue, much conflict: Nick Schenk’s screenplay centres on the encounter between Walt – a politically incorrect old bigot scarred by war – and today’s multicultural society. But as the film proceeds, with Thao’s sassy sister Sue (Abney Her) arousing both Walt’s protective instincts and his hitherto neglected capacity for self-analysis, it becomes more complex and engaging and it’s often very funny (as in a barber-shop scene where traditional American ‘masculinity’is hilariously exposed as an absurd construct). Finally, there’s a very moving development that takes Walt way beyond Callahan’s ethos. Eastwood’s subtle performance is as charismatic and effective as ever, while the movie covers his abiding preoccupations – race, age, individualism in a conformist world – with wit and intelligence. And in insisting that friendship’s more important than blood ties (or religious faith), Clint quietly goes against the grain. Predictably superior fare.
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15

UK release:

Fri Feb 20, 2009

Duration:

117 mins

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E A Dobson

I was put off seeing this film at the cinema because some reviews i read said it was full of racial stereotypes,well if it is it certainly didn`t spoil my enjoyment.I wish i had made that trip to watch it on the big screen.Bravo Clint!

E A Dobson

I was put off seeing this film at the cinema because some reviews i read said it was full of racial stereotypes,well if it is it certainly didn`t spoil my enjoyment.I wish i had made that trip to watch it on the big screen.Bravo Clint!

Mark2you

This is a film about a car, a location and a way of life all of which are for many who watch ancient history, harking back to a time that with just a quick second glance you might dismiss as unfashionable and even al ittle eccentric. Look closer, stand a little longer and as you you watch this film gradually enjoy a new-found liking for the Tourino and its backyard that is Chicago, today. Clint does Clint really well - grumpy, softer underbelly than some of his previous incarnations at the Mr Ugly show. This time he does other nationaliries adapting to the big wide welcome of the Land of the Free to the ethnic minority. I enjoyed the film in the way that you might get to enjoy bench seat automobiles with big tail fins and over-size steering wheels: not what we get around here but when they trun up they've probably got a great story in the glovebox just waiting to be told.

Mark2you

This is a film about a car, a location and a way of life all of which are for many who watch ancient history, harking back to a time that with just a quick second glance you might dismiss as unfashionable and even al ittle eccentric. Look closer, stand a little longer and as you you watch this film gradually enjoy a new-found liking for the Tourino and its backyard that is Chicago, today. Clint does Clint really well - grumpy, softer underbelly than some of his previous incarnations at the Mr Ugly show. This time he does other nationaliries adapting to the big wide welcome of the Land of the Free to the ethnic minority. I enjoyed the film in the way that you might get to enjoy bench seat automobiles with big tail fins and over-size steering wheels: not what we get around here but when they trun up they've probably got a great story in the glovebox just waiting to be told.

Chris

Gran Torino turned me scarlett with embarrassment. A truely dire film, and immensley disappointing. As for suggesting Eastwood deserves an Best Actor Oscar?!! The world's gone mad.....

Chris

Gran Torino turned me scarlett with embarrassment. A truely dire film, and immensley disappointing. As for suggesting Eastwood deserves an Best Actor Oscar?!! The world's gone mad.....

Justin Berkovi

Initially cynical due to mixed reviews I have to say that this is a beautiful and wonderfully crafted film. Clint gives a stellar performance and the simple tale evolves into something very poignant and meaningful. The score is also absolutely brilliant. Touching and a little easier to watch than the brilliant but harrowing 'Changeling'. For me these films are the best of Clint's latest run of films. Fantastic and inspired film making.

Justin Berkovi

Initially cynical due to mixed reviews I have to say that this is a beautiful and wonderfully crafted film. Clint gives a stellar performance and the simple tale evolves into something very poignant and meaningful. The score is also absolutely brilliant. Touching and a little easier to watch than the brilliant but harrowing 'Changeling'. For me these films are the best of Clint's latest run of films. Fantastic and inspired film making.

Technoguy

Clint Eastwood a remarkable actor,director,man.A talented director sometimes starring in his own films(e.g.The Outlaw Josey Wales,Unforgiven).In the tradition of stars who project pure Americanism and rectify wrongs(Wayne,Cooper).Eastwood shows a willingness to examine his own screen persona(here comically,witness the macho talking scene in the hairdressers).He shows a willingness to engage with contemporary issues,the immigration into formerly all white areas of Hmong Asians,the kind of people he might have fought in the Korean war.He has a warrior ethic and is outwardly bigoted and not religious.However his family are only after his money and they are trying to get him into an old people's home and get his house and car.His real family become his next door neighbours who worship his courage and role-modelling abilities for their son.Ever since The Outlaw Josey Wales Eastwood has shown a propensity for empathy with marginalised people and outsiders.In this film we get echoes of Dirty Harry, Pale Rider and Unforgiven,but of a humanised kind without the fascist overtones. At the age of 78 to act,write and direct a major film is heroic.He suggests a mixing of global and local themes and shows how to wind the audience in with the unfolding of character.This film provides a great laugh but Walt has to make a great sacrifice.Stunning.Not forgetting the dog!

Technoguy

Clint Eastwood a remarkable actor,director,man.A talented director sometimes starring in his own films(e.g.The Outlaw Josey Wales,Unforgiven).In the tradition of stars who project pure Americanism and rectify wrongs(Wayne,Cooper).Eastwood shows a willingness to examine his own screen persona(here comically,witness the macho talking scene in the hairdressers).He shows a willingness to engage with contemporary issues,the immigration into formerly all white areas of Hmong Asians,the kind of people he might have fought in the Korean war.He has a warrior ethic and is outwardly bigoted and not religious.However his family are only after his money and they are trying to get him into an old people's home and get his house and car.His real family become his next door neighbours who worship his courage and role-modelling abilities for their son.Ever since The Outlaw Josey Wales Eastwood has shown a propensity for empathy with marginalised people and outsiders.In this film we get echoes of Dirty Harry, Pale Rider and Unforgiven,but of a humanised kind without the fascist overtones. At the age of 78 to act,write and direct a major film is heroic.He suggests a mixing of global and local themes and shows how to wind the audience in with the unfolding of character.This film provides a great laugh but Walt has to make a great sacrifice.Stunning.Not forgetting the dog!

Angus Katt

The critics are right this time - "Gran Torino" is a piece of tripe, made up mostly of a string of cliché-ed characters and appealing to the lowest common denominator. Very poor screenplay - the scenes with the priest were just about unwatchable. Strictly a vehicle for Eastwood - would have been a lot worse without him in it!

Angus Katt

The critics are right this time - "Gran Torino" is a piece of tripe, made up mostly of a string of cliché-ed characters and appealing to the lowest common denominator. Very poor screenplay - the scenes with the priest were just about unwatchable. Strictly a vehicle for Eastwood - would have been a lot worse without him in it!

liliana

I loved this film! the sacrifice and redemption at the end had me keening. What a great, old-fashioned, sentiment-filled movie!

liliana

I loved this film! the sacrifice and redemption at the end had me keening. What a great, old-fashioned, sentiment-filled movie!

scott

movie is brilliant go see it,it is amazing it has a really good story and it has a great ending really racist but some parts are quite funny of the movie

scott

movie is brilliant go see it,it is amazing it has a really good story and it has a great ending really racist but some parts are quite funny of the movie

DV

A GREAT film! Hilariously funny and moving, not because of the acting, but because of the spot-on social comment.

DV

A GREAT film! Hilariously funny and moving, not because of the acting, but because of the spot-on social comment.

Matt John

I know, Chrisjbarr, I know. I've seen it now. It was awesome, much as I suspected it to be... although only a matter of opinion, of course. What ARE you good at then son? x

Matt John

I know, Chrisjbarr, I know. I've seen it now. It was awesome, much as I suspected it to be... although only a matter of opinion, of course. What ARE you good at then son? x

Lindylou

As much as I could gush on about it sometimes 'Less is more' I absolutey loved it'

Lindylou

As much as I could gush on about it sometimes 'Less is more' I absolutey loved it'

Chrisjbarr

This could quite possibley be the worst film i have ever seen!!! i left with 30minutes remaining wish id have left earlier. The only reason i never was because the acting was that bad it was hilarious to watch. It was like watching a Jackie Chan film without the fighting. Clint Eastwood has let himself down and finished his acting career with the worst film he has done. The storey was so blatent is was laughable, i actually found myself questioning weather it was a comedy or not. Adele hit the nail on the head with what she has said below.

Chrisjbarr

This could quite possibley be the worst film i have ever seen!!! i left with 30minutes remaining wish id have left earlier. The only reason i never was because the acting was that bad it was hilarious to watch. It was like watching a Jackie Chan film without the fighting. Clint Eastwood has let himself down and finished his acting career with the worst film he has done. The storey was so blatent is was laughable, i actually found myself questioning weather it was a comedy or not. Adele hit the nail on the head with what she has said below.

Cappybear

Not a great film, but a good one; an absorbing tale about change and reconciliation, with fine performances. It reminded me a little of "The Shootist", with John Wayne.

Cappybear

Not a great film, but a good one; an absorbing tale about change and reconciliation, with fine performances. It reminded me a little of "The Shootist", with John Wayne.

Pete Salo

Probably one of the best films Clint's made! A touching and entertaining movie - worth an oscar for best actor!

Pete Salo

Probably one of the best films Clint's made! A touching and entertaining movie - worth an oscar for best actor!

Rosielou85

What can I say, this film is brilliant, a credit to Clint Eastwood, amazing acting, a twist to the ending, interesting themes, left something to think about and I think men and woman, older adn younger would enjoy it. A thumbs up from me! I love the way Clints character `warms up` as the film goes on. Go see it!

Rosielou85

What can I say, this film is brilliant, a credit to Clint Eastwood, amazing acting, a twist to the ending, interesting themes, left something to think about and I think men and woman, older adn younger would enjoy it. A thumbs up from me! I love the way Clints character `warms up` as the film goes on. Go see it!

tania A

A bit slow at start but then it got brilliant. A great movie and worth seeing

tania A

A bit slow at start but then it got brilliant. A great movie and worth seeing

woodie

Wonderful. Clint Eastwood has produced a touching, if hugely politcally incorrect movie that proves, once again why the man is a true Film Star. This is not necessarily a comfortable movie and covers some hoary subjects but it does so with intelligence, subtlety and, above all, much humour. If this is Clint's acting swansong - then he's left on a great note! See it.

woodie

Wonderful. Clint Eastwood has produced a touching, if hugely politcally incorrect movie that proves, once again why the man is a true Film Star. This is not necessarily a comfortable movie and covers some hoary subjects but it does so with intelligence, subtlety and, above all, much humour. If this is Clint's acting swansong - then he's left on a great note! See it.

Diana D

This film was absolutely fantastic. Everyone should see it and see how ridiculous it is to be racist and vile to our fellow man. We are all human and all should be treated with respect. Clint was terrific and the ending was superb. Take your tissues!

Diana D

This film was absolutely fantastic. Everyone should see it and see how ridiculous it is to be racist and vile to our fellow man. We are all human and all should be treated with respect. Clint was terrific and the ending was superb. Take your tissues!

miles

i agree with all -this goes to show the oscars are worthless -they give it to mediocre copies of hong kong -bollywood remaKES LIKE DEPARTED AND SLUMDOG -pathetic -even las t year they ignored charlie wilsons war and in valley of elah - and now this was totally ignored too - awards are just political now -not about art

miles

i agree with all -this goes to show the oscars are worthless -they give it to mediocre copies of hong kong -bollywood remaKES LIKE DEPARTED AND SLUMDOG -pathetic -even las t year they ignored charlie wilsons war and in valley of elah - and now this was totally ignored too - awards are just political now -not about art

TRUTH TELLER

Went to see this again to see if my first impression was correct. It was. This is a brilliant film. Clint Eastwood's performance is worthy of an Oscar. Amazingly, Clint wasn't even nominated. Instead, Hollwood gave the Oscar to Sean Penn in "Harvey Milk"-a left-wing political movie that few people even wanted to see because it was just Sean Penn playing a pompous buffoon-himself. Hollywood is pathetic and run by self-destructive morons but then you already knew that was true.

TRUTH TELLER

Went to see this again to see if my first impression was correct. It was. This is a brilliant film. Clint Eastwood's performance is worthy of an Oscar. Amazingly, Clint wasn't even nominated. Instead, Hollwood gave the Oscar to Sean Penn in "Harvey Milk"-a left-wing political movie that few people even wanted to see because it was just Sean Penn playing a pompous buffoon-himself. Hollywood is pathetic and run by self-destructive morons but then you already knew that was true.

Ross

Oscars are not possible I don't think because this is technically a 2008 film having being released last year in the USA... Which is an amazing miss because I thought this film was fantastic!! Best movie I've seen since 'In Bruges' - funny, warm and a good ending...

Ross

Oscars are not possible I don't think because this is technically a 2008 film having being released last year in the USA... Which is an amazing miss because I thought this film was fantastic!! Best movie I've seen since 'In Bruges' - funny, warm and a good ending...

Gen Sir R Fossil Bluff

on a school bus the teenage lacrosse team singing theme from RAWHIDE , grand torino indeed clint ,another cracking piece of entertainment , as a soldier one pledges ones life for your country , on the otherhand as oliver reed said "I am an entertainer" that they are best regard R Fossil-Bluff

Gen Sir R Fossil Bluff

on a school bus the teenage lacrosse team singing theme from RAWHIDE , grand torino indeed clint ,another cracking piece of entertainment , as a soldier one pledges ones life for your country , on the otherhand as oliver reed said "I am an entertainer" that they are best regard R Fossil-Bluff

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