I wasn't sure I was gonna like it a few minutes in, but it got better once you got into it. I think the Clint one-liners carried it when it was a bit "slow pulsing". I liked the interaction between Clint and the main girl character. It was not the ending I thought it would be...kinda just got a quick ending on it, or got lopped off. Felt like it should have been different to me.
I was caught off guard by this movie. I had this movie for a while but having no idea what the movie was about, I had chosen to let it wait to this day. Thought it could be a race movie or smth with car action and I am delighted to find out that this really is smth else. Gave it a second viewing right after the first in the same evening and made sure that it deserves a T10 spot..
The acting is seriously atrocious other than Clint, and the plot is rife with cliche and contrivances. It's all the ingredients for a bad movie, but then someone threw in some Clint and it got awesome. Dude just glowers and growls and spits out badass racist one liners at every step. There's actually a degree of subtlety to the movie, but that's not what I want to talk about here. The moral of the story is also my new favorite catchphrase. Got a bad movie? "FUCK IT, THROW IN SOME CLINT."
Gran Torino is basically "What if Dirty Harry were old and retired?" Clint Eastwood plays himself, and it works because Clint Eastwood is one badass grandpa. While I appreciate that they didn't just cast a bunch of people who looked Asian, the Hmong actors in this movie are actors the same way Ashton Kutcher is an actor. They're painful to watch and the script is boilerplate. Not Eastwood's best work.
This movie is hilarious, especially when you watch it with two old-school conservative grandparents who are just as disillusioned with the world as Walt is. And as unsubtle and ridiculous as this movie is, there's a lot of truth in how disenfranchised some families are with their older parents. I found this aspect surprisingly moving and sad.