Movie Review - Gran Torino
Directed and Starring Clint Eastwood
Gran Torino is a wonderful film. This is excellent filmmaking at its best. I can't possibly say more about this film, than you HAVE TO SEE IT NOW! I think that about sums up my feelings on the movie.
But, I will go further for those who are still trying to decide if they should go watch it. First, it is Clint Eastwood in a role that he has said may be his last time on screen due to his age. The man is 78! And c'mon, it's Clint Eastwood! Second, over the past two years, Clint has directed about 4 films and all have been critical and box office successes. This should tell you that this new one will get the same success and it has - this movie is doing well at the box office and is already buzzed about for some awards. Third, the flick is so well made, the story touches you and manages to make the two hour run time go by in minutes.
I was so impressed with the way this film manages comedy and drama without becoming 'cheesy' that I still was laughing and crying after the flick ended. There are no special effects in this film except a few gun related shots, but nothing spectacular, but it doesn't need it. This is a character driven epic piece of art that should be seen by all. The few supporting actors/actresses around Eastwood are amateurs that manage to at least move the story along, however up against Eastwood, they look like amateurs and that creates a small hole in the magic of the movie. It doesn't ruin it, but there are two distinct scenes where I would have preferred to have more experienced or just better actors/actresses to go head to head with Eastwood.