Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Movies #18

He's 78 and can kick your punk ass anytime.
He's got 4 Oscar-s and hopefully like he's gonna get a 5th one soon.

Clint Eastwood is back in front of the camera for the first time since his 2004 Best Picture Academy Award winner "Million Dollar Baby".

He stars and directs "GRAN TORINO" (and also contributes with some music)

His character, Walt Kowalsky, is a grumpy old Koera vet. The movie opens with the funeral of his wife, where you pretty much get the picture - he's got two out-of-touch sons, and some disrespectful grandchildren, who are just waiting for him to kick the bucket to get their hands on his `72 Gran Torino that's resting in his garage. Having nobody but his dog, Walt spends his bitter days drinking beer on the porch, surrounded by Asian neighbours who look at him like he doesn't belong. Torn between his anger at the world and everybody in it and his inner demons - memories from the War and regrets about not being close with his sons Walt spits and snarls around, insults his neighbours and the local priest and the last thing you can call him is "politically correct". And he ain't doin' no apologizin'! He's the old timer, the outsider, the tough one and the stubborn one - something Clint Eastwood is surely familiar with. You can taste that Man With No Name attitude we all know and love in his movies.

One night the neighbours' kid tries to steal his Gran Torino and this triggers a chain of event that will bring back Dirty Harry from his retirement. When he points his M-1 rifle at the boy Walt Kowalsky can hardly imagine that soon he will be a father figure and a role model for him.

It's not just action or just drama or just comedy. It's one of those stories you can't really fit in the usual categories. It's a Clint Eastwood movie and it's what he does best - simple storytelling about what does it mean to be a real man. It's about growing up, it's about walking tall, it's about making a stand, and about doing what you have to do.

I can't come up with anything I'd like to criticize about this movie. If you want to know more about the story you go to IMDb or Wikipedia

I'd just advise you to watch it, cause it's a pure cinematic gem.

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