Title: Gran Torino
Distributor: Matten Productions (Warner Bros.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer(s): Nick Schenk (screenplay), Dave Johannson (story)
Staring: Clint Eastwood
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language throughout, and some violence.
Running Time: 116 min (1 hr and 56min)
Synopsis: Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) has just lost his wife and his children want him to move out of the old neighborhood and move into a senior citizens' home. Walt doesn't want to move even though more Asian people live in his Detroit neighborhood than Americans. Walt has a problem with Asians ever since he fought them in the Korean War. This prejudice explodes when Thao, the teenage son of the Hmong family next door, tries to steal his mint condition 1972 Grand Torino car. Thao (played by Bee Vang) was pressured by an Asian gang to steal the car as an initiation rite. To regain the family's honor, Thao is forced to work for Walt. Walt begins to protect Thao from the gangs and soon he becomes a target.
Roger Ebert: 3 ½ Stars
Michael Phillips: 2 Stars
EW: Lisa Schwarzbaum: A-
At The Movies: Ben Mankiewicz: See It, Ben Lyons: See It
Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 77% (Fresh), Top Critics: 69% (Fresh), RT Community: 91% (Fresh)
Metacritic: Critics: 72 out of 100, Users: 8.5 out of 10
Yahoo Movies: Critics: B Users: A
Source Material: Original written Nick Schenk (screenplay), Dave Johannson (story)
Acting and Dialogue: A-, Clint Eastwood was amazing but the Asian actors were good but not great.
Art Direction: B-, nothing that stood out but since it was a great film so I give it some props.
Cinematography: B+, it put up a great effort like most of Clint Eastwood movies (him as a director)
Direction: A, for me Clint Eastwood has been a better filmmaker than actor but I did grow up on him like my parents. Number fiver best direction nomination for the Oscars possibly.
Sound and Music: A-, I like the score and the song in the credit “Gran Torino” wasn’t bad either.
Overall: A-, I great film. I would recommend to the older crowd just because Clint Eastwood is in the movie and everyone else because it such a great movie.