Korean War vet Walt (Clint Eastwood) tries to reform his neighbour, Thao, after the young man tries to steal his 1972 Gran Torino.
I didn’t manage to get round to watching this film until recently. Similarly, one of my previous university lecturers absoloutely adored Eastwood’s films. Having seen this film, I can see why.
Eastwood has such a magnificent screen presence which is put across brilliantly in whatever role he plays. Despite the film’s overt racist arcs, the film manages to be so much more. I guess the portrayal of his character comes from the fact that Eastwood directed the film as well, so that goes somewhat to explain that.
This film could’ve been terrible, but it wasn’t. Some of the characters were a bit flat or lacked cohesive believability, but aside from that the film wasn’t all that bad. The growing relationship between his character of Walt and the Korean family next door was brilliantly put across. This film manages to be more than the average “Get off my lawn, you dawn kids,” type of film.
MY RATING: **** / *****