Gran Torino (2008)
Written by Nick Schenk, Dave Johansen
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Starring Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Christopher Carley
After burying his wife, a curmudgeonly, decorated veteran begins to actually see non-whites as people and forms some bonds. He develops a close relationship with the neighbor boy, practically becoming a mentor.
good. i was just kind of waiting for the terrible things that were going to go down. clint eastwood was awesome. i like when he plays super tough. it's been awhile. it was a little predictable, but that's ok because the characters and acting were done so well. it was better than most, but like i said gets a B for predictability.
This is a better Eastwood movie than Changeling. It has his sense of easy purpose without a lot of fluff. It's put together cleanly and everything works well to tell the story. Exposition is handled much more organically than usual, with just the right amount of early scenes (cynically expected or not) giving us a good enough sketch of the character. I can certainly identify with his attitude, though I'd like to think that I'd get along with at least one grandchild.
The highest praise due this move is that I smelled the formula coming and didn't really care that much. The development wasn't forced; what we see is actually plausible. Eastwood plays the rough-and-tumble asshole with a heart of less than lead very well; and he's surrounded by supporters who by and large know what to do with the few lines they're given. The number and content of the endings was much more pleasing than it could have been.