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Amazing film choked up watching end, says alot about families and also how people can change their views and bring out best in a person, down as one of my fav films now.
Don't be so sure of that. I've been in situations where I've had family coming to me at work to get posessions of a deceased family member, and it's "I want the TV" "I get the computer" "I want mom's silverware" "The china cabinet is mine, don't even think about it" .... It's really sad, but it gets ugly.
Great movie if you can get passed all the minor racial slurs this movie really tells a good story. Only thing I found exaggerated was the way the family (Clint Eastwood's) was they were all so grabby at his death and wanting his stuff even tho he never had much. In real life the kids would have at least tried to show they cared about him.
Such a fantastic movie. Anyone who hasn't seen it, please, give it a try. It's not an action packed movie, but it's so well written and acted, and it hits me in the feels every single time. One of my fav Clint Eastwood movies.
All I can say is Wah Chings | Pinoy | Jeffrox | Satanas

( Capricorn 16 ) Clint Eastwood still the the best.

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12/6 - Man on Wire (James Marsh, 2008, Download): 8.5

12/12 - Burn After Reading (Joel & Ethan Coen, 2008, Download): 7.5

12/13 - Gran Torino (Clint Eastwood, 2008, Download): 8

12/13 - Milk (Gus Van Sant, 2008, Download): 9

12/16 - The Son (Jeane-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2003, Rental): 8
I thought Gran Torino was excellent. The acting was authentic and realistic which was helped because Eastwood was the only name actor in the movie. The Eastwood character, an angry ex-Marine guy's guy is familiar (think retired Dirty Harry) but enjoyable nontheless. He is very crude and has many anti-Asian remarks but somehow they come across as funny in this movie. I enjoyed learning about the Hmong people and their plight. The gang influence on the boy seemed authentic and sadly all too real today.

The third act is very moving and dramatic as you try to figure out how the Eastwood charactor will "finish this" problem with the violet local gangs.

Only a slight criticism with the script is that Eastwood on occasion would mumble descriptive dialog to himself -- these expository lines were too on-the-nose and not necessary to understand what was going on.

I truly hope Gran Torino does will at the BO as I would like to see Hollywood make more movies like this -- adult oriented with real world themes -- rather than just giant tent-pole comic book character based movies or teen-oriented horror and comedies. If a major star like Mr. Eastwood didn't attach himself to this excellent script I wonder if the movie ever would have been made.
I believe that the entire world has gone mad. This movie--outside of the production values and Clint Eastwood's performance--is one of the most abysmal film's this year. Subtly does not exist. There are massive expositional passages in nearly every scene. Walt talks to himself, constantly. To call the dialogue stilted would be a disservice to the word stilted, and I feel obliged to coin a completely new term that is like stilted only exponentially worse. I'll come up with it eventually. Every Hmong actor--non-actors! how real!--is so monotonous and non-emotive I am still reeling from their "performances." Then, just when the movie has nearly bludgeoned you with the brunt mallet of obviousness, just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, then comes Eastwood's song at the end, the audial funeral pyre for this awful, awful, awful affair. To even think that this movie is liked, let alone lauded, by anyone with a functioning cognitive system is beyond me. The script, which I read in a state approaching catatonia, is even worse than the filmed version. With masterful, understated, lyrical lines like: "This is the first time Walt has cried in fifty years." I cannot fathom how the national board of review saw Synecdoche, NY, saw Grand Torino, reflected on Synecdoche, NY, reflected on Gran Torino and then gave Gran Torino the award for Best Original Screenplay. SAVE ME SOMEONE. ACKNOWLEDGE ANY OF THIS ANYONE.
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