April 07, 2010
Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Walt is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man, who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor, Thao, a young Hmong teenager, becomes pressured by his gang member cousin to steal Walt's Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Walt is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood.
Mr. Eastwood is as always outstanding and full of surprises. Mr. Eastwood, thankfully, expresses the hopes and fears of a population, of all colors and races, under siege and abused by an uncaring, greedy government and an aloof corporate oligarchy. This film also touches on the very special support the USA received from the Hmong people during the Vietnam War.
The human and urban decline is aesthetically perfect. The 1972 Gran Torino harkens back to a hoped for simpler time, although the reality of that time may be different. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 49322-D
Posted by mcmike at April 7, 2010 11:52 AM