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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Car that Broke Racism

    Posted
    Xeno

    Every so often, a film comes by that challenges the way you look at movies and actors. Gran Torino is one that changed my appreciation for Clint Eastwood.  Gran Torino is the story of a dying breed of man in modern times. The story starts with Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) overseeing his wife's funeral. He's old and set in his ways. Walt's family is of little comfort in his time of grieving. Upon returning to his house, Walt notices a Hmong family moving in next door. This is the first of many racist comments to come.  The story goes on from here to depict Walt's life. Walt lives in isolation from his family and people like him. His unmistakably racist attitude pushes the character through the film. When Thao (Bee Vang), one of the Hmong living next door, attempts to steal his 1972 Gran Torino, Thao's family requires him to work for Walt as means of apologizing.  What I liked about this film is that it doesn't adhere to the standard gun slinger role that Eastwood normally plays. The character of Walt is very deep. A little something is revealed about him with every character he interacts with. While the commercials make this seem like he's cleaning up the neighborhood, the truth is that Walt just wants to be left alone. His response to the Hmong is to stay off his lawn, regardless of who they are. I found it easy to identify with Walt, minus the incessant racial slurs.  The supporting cast was mostly background noise. While Vang played Thao well, it was Ahney Her's portrayal of Sue that kept the film rolling. Sue drives a major portion of Walt's character development. Other than Sue and Thao, the remainder of the characters are very forgettable.  I was disappointed with the special features on the Blu-Ray. There was one that focused on the bond between a man and his car. While I understand the placement, I hoped for deleted scenes or something that added to the film. This shows that you can't add much to this masterpiece.  There are very few films that I set out to see. Gran Torino was a recommendation from a friend, and I now recommend it. The film explores racism in a light that hasn't been touched before. Eastwood's performance was astounding. The writing did an excellent job of exploring Walt's struggles without slowing the film's pace. The ending of the film is one that most may not see coming.  I strongly recommend seeing Gran Torino. This is a great addition to any library. It touches the subject of racism in an entertaining way that I haven't seen before.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Man A Car and A Boy

    Posted
    Xeno

    Every so often, a film comes by that challenges the way you look at movies and actors. Gran Torino is one that changed my appreciation for Clint Eastwood.  Gran Torino is the story of a dying breed of man in modern times. The story starts with Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) overseeing his wife's funeral. He's old and set in his ways. Walt's family is of little comfort in his time of grieving. Upon returning to his house, Walt notices a Hmong family moving in next door. This is the first of many racist comments to come.  The story goes on from here to depict Walt's life. Walt lives in isolation from his family and people like him. His unmistakably racist attitude pushes the character through the film. When Thao (Bee Vang), one of the Hmong living next door, attempts to steal his 1972 Gran Torino, Thao's family requires him to work for Walt as means of apologizing.  What I liked about this film is that it doesn't adhere to the standard gun slinger role that Eastwood normally plays. The character of Walt is very deep. A little something is revealed about him with every character he interacts with. While the commercials make this seem like he's cleaning up the neighborhood, the truth is that Walt just wants to be left alone. His response to the Hmong is to stay off his lawn, regardless of who they are. I found it easy to identify with Walt, minus the incessant racial slurs.  The supporting cast was mostly background noise. While Vang played Thao well, it was Ahney Her's portrayal of Sue that kept the film rolling. Sue drives a major portion of Walt's character development. Other than Sue and Thao, the remainder of the characters are very forgettable.  I was disappointed with the special features on the Blu-Ray. There was one that focused on the bond between a man and his car. While I understand the placement, I hoped for deleted scenes or something that added to the film. This shows that you can't add much to this masterpiece.  There are very few films that I set out to see. Gran Torino was a recommendation from a friend, and I now recommend it. The film explores racism in a light that hasn't been touched before. Eastwood's performance was astounding. The writing did an excellent job of exploring Walt's struggles without slowing the film's pace. The ending of the film is one that most may not see coming.  I strongly recommend seeing Gran Torino. This is a great addition to any library. It touches the subject of racism in an entertaining way that I haven't seen before.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Racism + Retribution = Masterpiece

    Posted
    Xeno

    Every so often, a film comes by that challenges the way you look at movies and actors. Gran Torino is one that changed my appreciation for Clint Eastwood.  Gran Torino is the story of a dying breed of man in modern times. The story starts with Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) overseeing his wife's funeral. He's old and set in his ways. Walt's family is of little comfort in his time of grieving. Upon returning to his house, Walt notices a Hmong family moving in next door. This is the first of many racist comments to come.  The story goes on from here to depict Walt's life. Walt lives in isolation from his family and people like him. His unmistakably racist attitude pushes the character through the film. When Thao (Bee Vang), one of the Hmong living next door, attempts to steal his 1972 Gran Torino, Thao's family requires him to work for Walt as means of apologizing.  What I liked about this film is that it doesn't adhere to the standard gun slinger role that Eastwood normally plays. The character of Walt is very deep. A little something is revealed about him with every character he interacts with. While the commercials make this seem like he's cleaning up the neighborhood, the truth is that Walt just wants to be left alone. His response to the Hmong is to stay off his lawn, regardless of who they are. I found it easy to identify with Walt, minus the incessant racial slurs.  The supporting cast was mostly background noise. While Vang played Thao well, it was Ahney Her's portrayal of Sue that kept the film rolling. Sue drives a major portion of Walt's character development. Other than Sue and Thao, the remainder of the characters are very forgettable.  There are very few films that I set out to see. Gran Torino was a recommendation from a friend, and I now recommend it. The film explores racism in a light that hasn't been touched before. Eastwood's performance was astounding. The writing did an excellent job of exploring Walt's struggles without slowing the film's pace. The ending of the film is one that most may not see coming.  I strongly recommend seeing Gran Torino. This is a great addition to any library. It touches the subject of racism in an entertaining way that I haven't seen before.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible movie

    Posted
    Anonymous

    Gran Torino is a great movie in every aspect of the word. I watch it all the time and tell everyone what a fantastic movie it is. Saw it first weekend it was in theaters. The following took my father because he loves Clint Eastwood movies. It was sold out the Saturday we went so we returned the following day. I gave it out for gifts to people that I know enjoy watching good movies. I bought my shortly after it came out. Unexpected ending. Can't get enough. I am waiting for my kids to be old enough to watch it. I think it is a great learning experience for teens. To know more about gangs and the problems they can cause. To think in this movie a gang is more powerful than family blood. It also shows how people from different background and different generations can turn to each other and be there for each other. This movie is not a disappointment. I think this movie can give parents the opportunity to watch it with their children when they are old enough and discuss so much. The values that people have. The choice people make. The results of the choices people make. Talk about gangs and how they effect so many people not just the people in them. Gangs - are they family? How one person can effect so many people. How people can help others and not realize it until it is pointed out to them. How silence against gangs could prevent other things from happening. I can't say enough about this movie. GREAT AMAZING FANTASTIC WONDERFUL

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This should have won best picture

    Posted
    Bigkillerfan67

    Let me first say this movie should have won best picture at the oscars not the movie called slumdog millionaire.This movie has eveything a oscar movie should have a strong cast,a very good storyline,and a very strong point to it.I have seen a lot of Clint eastwood movies when i was growing up I watch them all the time with my dad.The other thing I like about this movie is it has a very good lesion to be learn in it and that is not all things can be handled with gun or fist.The movie has it funny part mostly from Clint Eastwood character.I like how this movie was not you average movie this movie has a lot going for it and we have clint eastwood to thank for it. I dont care what other say this is the movie that should have bean beating the movie slumdog millionaire at the oscars.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    wonderful drama

    Posted
    prlwctd

    Clint Eastwood scored for the sixth straight time (following Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters From Iwo Jima, and Changeling) with this wonderful drama about widowed war veteran Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) who, having cut off (& been cut off) by his two sons (Brian Haley & Brian Howe), is less than thrilled by the arrival of his new neighbors: a Hmong famly. This contempt increases when he catches one of them (Bee Vang) attempting to steal his prized possession: the title automobile. The youth is disciplined by his family and he apologizes to Walt. This turns out to be the first step toward Walt overcoming his own bigotry and eventually embracing his new neighbors.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    EXCELLENT

    Posted
    william09
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    this movie is great. out of all the movies i have seen lately this is the only movie i can honestly say its worth buying. anymore it is easier to stream movies online or rent them from teh playstation store than to purchase them becuase very few movies are worth buying. this movie was the one acception. in my opinion it is very funny, clint eastwood plays a rude, crude old man who has some very interesting things to say. the story itself revolves around his neighbors and their interactions. it comes to a finally after clint eastwood takes the law into his own hands against a group of thugs who hurt his neighbors. it isnt a typical eastwood film, so dont think DIRTY HARRY. it is a little slow paced but the story and acting are great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Culturally Brave and Genuine

    Posted
    SolidGoldCaddy
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    This film depicts a good explanation about racism, stereotypes, prejudice, and how one should not judge another group of people before getting to know them. There is a great relationship between the two main characters, and each one needed to move a little in the other's direction to see the other person for whom they truly were. My hometown is rich with Hmong culture, so the film was interesting and relatable to me because of the cultural similarities I see every day. Great people, great film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    best plot

    Posted
    dighop

    this movie is a good movie for teens because it shows what is happening in life now. it's about a grandpa that has a gran torino and his nabors son's cousin is in a gang and is trying to get the little boy in the gang. what the boy is made to do is to steal the gran torino but he get's caught by the old man. so the boy ends up having to work for the old man because in his country it is a disauner to his family. the old man ends up liking the boy and his sister. the old man is driving down the road one day and he sees the one girl traped by a gang and the guys try to burn her with a cigeret but he stops them. you should see it.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie!

    Posted
    RC23
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    I have a tendency to ramble so I'll try to keep this short and simple. Clint Eastwood stars as a gruff retiree and military veteran who overcomes his prejudices and the scars of war as he takes his neighbor, a Hmong youth, under his wing after the youth attempts to steal his '72 Gran Torino. The cast is absolutely fantastic as is the story of a man helping to guide a youth into manhood and away from the gangs who seek to add him to their ranks. The movie can get a bit slow but it really is worth taking a look. Definitely recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Shocking

    Posted
    Barback

    I hadn't heard much before I bought this movie, but I'm glad I did. It's not like any other movie that I've seen. I couldn't believe how grumpy and racist Clint Eastwood could be. There is a huge twist though that you would never expect and I guess it is his way of getting rid of his burdens carried from the Korean War. The ending hits kinda hard, especially for my girlfriend (who didn't think she would like the movie). I thought it was pretty good overall, but you might want to rent before you buy just to see if it has the same impact on you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent movie!!!

    Posted
    redandblack6s

    My wife and I are huge Clint Eastwood fans! And as old as he is, he's still got it. He's one of the best director/ actors of all time. This film touches on a lot of issues and a lot of nerves, and in the end it makes a huge statement. This film hits every emotion; humor, anger, happiness, and sadness. This is a terrific film that I highly recommend! Also, some other Clint Eastwood must own films are In the Line of Fire, Unforgiven, Absolute Power, Million Dollar Baby, and of course, the newly released Dirty Harry box set! (Just to name a few.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What a GREAT movie!! Clint (Walt) is AMAZING!

    Posted
    VegasRPh

    What a FANTASTIC movie. We saw it in the Theaters, and we couldn't wait for it to be released on DVD & Blu-Ray. This movie ranks up there (maybe even better than?) with Million Dollar Baby. Clint Eastwood still has it, he can act & direct with the BEST of them! Clint's character (Walt) is sort of "stuck" in the good-old days, but the world has changed, dramatically. Walt has a hard time adjusting, but when he does, the movie shows us a very powerful message. Overall, 10 out of 10......A+ movie. BUY IT. NOW.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not 2 Discs - No Digital Copy

    Posted
    mikell

    While I like the movie Gran Torino, I bought this product specifically because it contained a Digital Copy. However, when I opened the package, I realized it is not a 2-disc package as described and it contains no digital copy or digital copy code. I will be returning this product. If a product doesn't contain what it is stated to contain, I must give it one-star. If upon return, they fix the issue, I will follow-up with further info.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Shame In It's Underrating, Gran Torino

    Posted
    filmmaker

    I feel that this film is strong enough to last as a classic, not only because of the star (Clint Eastwood) and his legacy, but because the story is grand. If you are ever looking for a film for an escape, I highly recommend this film. I recommend this so much that in fact, I can't even describe how great it was in this short review. It's a shame that Gran Torino was underrated. It should have been nominated if not WON the Oscars for Best Screenplay and Best Picture. This is coming from a filmmaker!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Breaking Barriers

    Posted
    dolliez

    Clint Eastwood did an excellent job, as usual. The story line showed the prejudiced perspective of one individual and how he was able to overcome it with experience and education. At first, I was taken aback by the blatant racism but was won over. The ending was not what I expected but I realize that it had to be that way and the fact that this once very prejudiced individual was willing to lay his life down for someone of a different ethnicity was great!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

    Posted
    Jaycat
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    I saw this movie in theaters & really liked it. It took me a while to finally buy it on Blu Ray, but I noticed it was never on cable or even Netflix. Best Buy never seemed to have it in store, but I ordered it online for only like $7.50, & got free shipping! Movie is set in Detroit which is where I'm from, so maybe I like it more. I do believe that some of Eastwoods best work has been his more recent films.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Old School Storytelling At Its Best

    Posted
    matrixixix
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    Really enjoyed this movie. The story told is perfect as well as the evolution of the characters. I dont know why some people gave this less than 5 stars. Clint is outstanding. "Toad" is a terrific character. The story is mega solid and glues you to the tv. The values and lessons learned from this movie make it an instant classic. Reminds me of the great stories told in Stand By Me and The Outsiders. Do not miss this legendary performance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic!

    Posted
    JDChristian

    A fantastic movie that didn't get the respect it deserved. This movie was cited as being racist, when it was actually quite the contrary. It's time to hang up the "political correctness." Differences are good! Division is bad. The racial and cultural "slurs" went both ways in this movie. So if you're easily offended over the rediculous, skip it. If you want to see a fantastic movie with a great story, you'll love it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WONDERFUl

    Posted
    LUISKD1979

    I love this movie, express a lot about the old american culture. Old racist people. Walter go into a selfdiscovery of what he tough was rong, but to let himself know that people who he hated before. Found a lot reasons to open his mind to a new culture, to new people to a new Walter. Great MOVIE, 100% great. I lot a people could learn something with this movie BE TOLERANT WITH OTHERS.

    I would recommend this to a friend