Without recapping the movie, because you should go see it without already knowing how everything is going to turn out; like I did. I will say that Clint Eastwood is in fine form in this movie. He has more dialogue that in most of his movies. If you squirm when people dance over the line of political correctness you better take a seat belt because he marches way over those lines. It will make you uncomfortable and it will make you laugh.
In the beginning of the movie Clint Eastwood had no endearing qualities and I was not sure I was going to like the movie. However, as the movie progressed he became not only entertaining, but amusing, empathetic, sympathetic, and heartwarming. By the end of the movie you were definitely rooting for him to pull out the big 44 and use his “Go Ahead, Make My Day” persona.
To me, an avid Clint Eastwood fan for most of my life; this was one of his best movies. It was as intense as Unforgiven. However, he had the screen throughout the entire movie. He had more dialogue and interplay in this one. His character had more depth (issues?) and internal conflicts that kept you engrossed to see how his actions would evolve from them.
Like a fine wine, he has definitely become more refined and plays characters with more depth. Although he played an old man that moved slow and was ill. His ability to deliver the rapid fire dialogue, very amusing at times, and unreal racial slurs was proof that he isn’t missing any beats yet.
This was a refreshing movie that is empowering for the older generation. It definitely supports the concept that older people can take care of themselves in a bad situation. It was definitely Dirty Harry is seventy now. I don’t know if it is a positive thing for older people or not. I suppose, in the end, it probably is not.
The only thing I wondered was if about the gap between the kids next door he was relating to and the Korean War he was so angry about. If I’m not mistaken, the Korean War was in the sixties; which is about right for Clint Eastwood’s age. I have an Uncle that went to Korea. He’s angry too.
But these young teenagers are way too young to be Korean refugees. She said they were from Mongolia; I think. Sound wasn’t all that clear in the theatre. It seems to me that either the kids’ parents were the refugees, or something wasn’t clear. The dialogue was hard to understand and perhaps I missed something.
Then there is the Gran Torino. It was a beautiful car. Only you don’t get to see much of it. I’m really not sure why the movie is named after the car. It seems that the only interest his family has in him is the car. He has 2 sons and a granddaughter that seem to be waiting to inherit it. Clint never drives the car in the movie; he drives an old white pickup.
So my conclusion is that Clint Eastwood is as good as he’s ever been; maybe the best acting he has ever done. He may be a grumpy old man, but he’s good at it. It was a very good movie and I recommend it to anyone.