Gran Torino (2008) – Movie Review

Clint Eastwood stars, directs, and produces this poignant drama infused with an undercurrent of tolerance.

Arts, Editorial / ,

21 June 2009

 

Gran Torino (2008)

Gran Torino (2008)

Walt Kowalski is an angry man. Walt Kowalski is a deeply fearful man. Walt Kowalski without a doubt voted for G.W. Bush both times and definitely for McCain as he wouldn’t have a mixed race mongrel in the oval office – even if it meant electing some bimbo broad into the bullpen. Walt Kowalski slings racial epithets with the ease and nonchalance of a checkout girl scanning your box of raisin bran. Walt Kowalski packs heat and is itching for an opportunity to employ it.

Walt Kowalski may not sound like the most loveable chum

After a couple hours spent with him over the course of a few months, I believe you will be swayed in his corner as you watch the calloused heart of this Korean veteran meld with his deep seeded belief of right and wrong. Clint Eastwood does a fantastic job at embodieng the parochialism and xenophobia I believe permeates much of Red-State America. At the same time, the film shines light on the story of the Mong people, displaced from their native Laos, Cambodia and China after the Vietnam conflict, and the struggle of their second generation youth in balancing between their traditions and the ills of modern American society.

I recommend spending a couple hours with Walt Kowalski. I believe doing so may help open your heart a little in watching him transform.

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