Gran Torino

Gran Torino, 2008 film starring Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang and Christopher Carley.  Eastwood can’t go wrong as a great actor and a great director.

Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) is a Korean War veteran and widower living in Michigan who can’t get along with his kids or his neighbors.  His prized possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition.  His neighbor Thao (Vang), under pressure from his gangster cousin, tries to steal the car and Walt decides to try and reform the boy.  Now apart of each others lives Walt must protect Thao and his family from the gangs that run their neighborhood.

Beautifully written story of grumpy old man, sad about life who finds peace with himself, finally.  Eastwood not only knows how to act but he knows how to direct a film into greatness!  This is a must see drama from one of Hollywood’s finest.  Not only is it entertaining, tense and emotional but it gives us several lessons that we can carry through our own lives.

There is nothing hidden in this film, we understand what is happening, we feel for our lead character and we become emotionally connected to him and Thao almost right away.  Eastwood was the perfect actor for the part of Kowalski, he can play a grumpy old war vet and even the father figure so well.  The supporting cast was also top notch making this a superior drama that should have won awards!  It did win some lessor awards but never reached up to the Oscars, sad.

Great film, worth seeing if you haven’t and worth a re-watch if you have.