Gran Torino (DVD)
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Disgruntled Korean War vet Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a young Hmong teenager, who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: his 1972 Gran Torino.
Sean, DURBAN. 28 August 2009
Rumoured to be Eastwood's last acting gig and it's a grand exit! His character is certainly not a very nice person but he has every reason to be, and then some. It didn't turn out the way I thought it would (or rather the way I wanted to see the story unfold) but your in for a surprise at the end. Once again the story is solid and 'Walt' is yet another character to be remembered thanks to Eastwood. The growls and the stares Eastwood portray are as good as one would expect him to be, and then he starts talking "I have no problem blowing a hole in your face and going back to bed peacefully", classic!
It takes a different culture to see and acknowledge that he is (and can be) a better person, really a complex character this one but in the end we all get taught a lesson. The story moves slow but there's always something going on whether 'Walt' is happily debating religious believes with the young priest, talking to his dog/himself, mowing his lawn or taking scum of it, Eastwood keeps you entertained throughout. I loved the way in which 'Walt' has adapted to present circumstances with todays youth and the fast pace of everything yet he still prevails even if it isn't what you wanted to see. A grand exit to a legend that every fan will appreciate. Say what, he's 79 years old
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