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Release year: 2008 Director: Clint Eastwood Screenwriter: Nick Schenk, Dave Johannson Starring: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Carley, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Brian Haley, Geraldine Hughes, Dreama Walker, Brian Howe  Ratings: 1 Golden Globe nomination: Best Song  Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) has just lost his beloved wife. He has never managed to become close with ..

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Gran Torino

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Release year: 2008

Director: Clint Eastwood

Screenwriter: Nick Schenk, Dave Johannson

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Carley, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Brian Haley, Geraldine Hughes, Dreama Walker, Brian Howe

 Ratings: 1 Golden Globe nomination: Best Song

 Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) has just lost his beloved wife. He has never managed to become close with his children and prefers his own company where he can wallow in his bitterness and prejudice against foreign neighbours. But when the Hmong teenager (Vang) from next door tries to steal his prized 1972 Gran Torino it ends up changing the life of both Walt and his neighbours.

 Gran Torino is a movie where you wonder why it wasn’t showered with Oscar nominations; the story is brilliant with well-written dialogue, the score is pleasant and supportive and the acting is amazing. In other words: This is an amazing movie! Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, 2004) is an incredibly gifted actor, it is difficult to imagine anyone else giving as much heart to the grumpy Walt as he does not to mention the way he does grumpy! But no one can complain that in his later years he has also spent time directing. With a special ability to take seemingly ordinary characters and make them extraordinary, he has directed some wonderful dramas over the years. Gran Torino is one of the best. You laugh at Walt’s stubbornness and the equally stubborn priest determined to keep a promise to a dying wife and minister to Wat whether he likes it or not, and you shake your head in disbelief at his self-centered family. But you also smile at the way the foreign neighbours force their love on to the widowed man and cry at the unfairness of their struggles. Gran Torino may look like a simple story, and in a way it is, but it is still a movie which stays with you afterwards and for the best reasons possible; it wins your heart.

 

 

Moviegeek info:

 Walt’s dog Daisy is Clint Eastwood’s real-life family dog.

 

 Picture copyrights: Warner Home Video

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