Walt Kowalski, played by Clint Eastwood,
is simply an unhappy retired Korean War vet.
Eastwood is scowling and quite literally
growling through this role of an aging bigot/racist with a heart
big as gold on the inside but never showing anyone just how soft
he was on the outside.
This film ponders the value of the yarns
we spin about heroes and lawless encounters.
The title refers to Walt's prize possession
-- a forest green 1972 Ford Gran Torino that sits in a garage
under a tarp.
I think Clint did it again; he made this
whole picture click together.
Don't miss it!
Times have changed, but not Walt Kowalski,
a Korean War vet with nothing left except for his 1972 Gran Torino
and a golden retriever named Daisy.
Yes, it's Dirty Harry in retirement, complete
with a bigoted viewpoint and a stash of weapons to keep his fort
safe from marauding street gangs.
It's a formula anti-racism movie with an
outstanding performance by its director that is both funny and
Clint Eastwood is back behind the camera
directing in his new movie, Gran Torino, and for the first
time since 2004's Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby, he's
in front of it -- playing an ornery, cantankerous Korean War
vet whose immigrant neighbors force him to tackle his racist
This is a clever, powerful film, with Eastwood
being in total command of the screen.
Look for his acting and directing talents
to be up for Oscar consideration.