Gran Torino DVD
In Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial film, Gran Torino, he not only shows us he still can be that tough guy/no mercy type but also show us heart and soul.
Eastwood plays Walt Kowalski, an old aged, bigot that despises how, as the years go by, the world around him changes while he, like his prized possession the ’72 Gran Torino, stays vintage and a thing of the past.
With that car, Kowalski builds a relationship with his Hmong neighbor Thoa Van Lor, played excellently by newcomer Bee Vang. This is where the main focus of the film lies. Showing how two completely different generations and cultures can come together and form a bond.
Even though Eastwood and Vang are the main characters, its Ahney Her, who plays Thao’s older sister Sue, that steals the show here. She displays a nice mixture of Hmong and modern cultures. At times with her quick wit and sharp tongue, she out does Eastwood. Rounding out some of the supporting cast is Christopher Carley and John Caroll Lynch. Carley and Eastwood share a very powerful scene where you see a bond form as one of the film’s final acts is dictated.
While this film isn’t a masterpiece by any means, it has plenty of heart, soul, and even humor to entertain and make you laugh while hitting you deep.
The special features on the DVD are kind of limited. No commentary, which sometimes can be just as entertaining as the film itself. Instead we get “Manning the Wheel”. In this Eastwood and some of the cast and crew talk about their love of cars and the first vehicles they owned as well as ones they would like to have. In the other feature “Gran Torino: More Than A Car”, there are simply interviews with guys at the “Woodward Dream Cruise” car show, and they also talk about their love of cars and bonds they share with others through their vehicles.
Overall, I give this film 4 out of 5 pitchforks. It moved me and made me laugh at the same time. The barbershop scene and the final scene had me in stitches. I recommend going out and renting this film.