Grand Torino

I saw Grand Torino last night, and I really don’t know what Chris Hewitt is talking about. Eastwood’s performance was well-played, topping off a career defined by portraying outlaw anti-heroes. Instead of a young six-shooting gun slinger, he is an old Korean War vet in a troubled urban neighborhood. True, the characters are not complex, but they are not without substance. There are many moments for unthinking sentimentality to raise its ugly head, but Eastwood deflects them with a gruff sounding growl. The themes of life and death, manhood, having role-models, confession, and self-sacrifice are finely communicated.

3.5 out of 4 stars.

2 thoughts on “Grand Torino

  1. It’s Gran Torino, not Grand Torino.

    I’m glad for the success of this film. Time Magazine had an article about the Gran Torino phenomenon. It’s expected to make $150 million, which is unheard of for a January release, and it is currently at #82 on IMDBs all time favorites.

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