“Gran Torino”

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MOVIE REVIEW: Last night I saw the movie “Gran Torino” which stars Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Rawhide), Bee Vang, Ahney Her (Night Club), Christopher Carley (Garden State, Lions for Lambs), Brian Haley (The Departed, The Man Who Wasn’t There), John Carroll Lynch (Shutter Island, Zodiac), Dreama Walker (Compliance, The Invention of Lying), and Geraldine Hughes (Duplex, Rocky Balboa). This movie centers around a grumpy, old Korean war veteran named Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) whose wife just passed away. When new neighbors (who are Hmong) move into the house next to his everything changes for him. The family next door is in fear because of a gang that keeps trying to pressure their son, Tao (Vang), into doing bad things. He gives in and for his initiation he has to steal Kowalski’s most prized possession: his 1972 Gran Torino. He fails when Kowalski finds him and they eventually bond with Kowalski helping him to get a job and stand up for himself. But when the gang keeps preying on Tao and his family, Kowalski steps in to settle the score.

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I really enjoyed this movie. The story was well-written, giving a great sense of the ghetto community of modern times. Even though it is mostly dialogue, Clint Eastwood (who directed it) pulled it off. The acting was also great and even for a much older man, Clint Eastwood still proves that he can give an exceptional performance. Even the other actors did a great job in this film. For a movie with little action scenes, it still was cool to watch the progressing life and bond of Walt and Tao’s family. With what action scenes there were, they were great! There are two cons that I found with the movie. The first is that it does get slow in pace in spots of the movie. The majority of the film was fine, but there were some parts that felt like they could have been given more pace. The last con is the cuss words. This movie is rated R for the cuss words and I understand why, but there were just so many that didn’t need to be used in this film. Other than that, I loved this movie and I recommend anyone who hasn’t seen it to check it out! FINAL SCORE: 90%= Juicy Popcorn

Here is the trailer:

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