Manly Movies – Gran Torino
Gran Torino (2008)
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writers: Nick Schenk (screenplay), Nick Schenk & Dave Johannson (story)
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Christopher Carley
A recently widowed, disgruntled old man, estranged from his kids, fumbles into a friendship with the Hmong family living next door. And takes on a gang.
I’ve never been a huge fan of Clint Eastwood, certainly not of his early career, but he’s matured into a great director, and his acting has followed. While hard to watch at times, as the racial slurs are flying constantly, and at times it’s almost a little too real, this is a very good film that doesn’t take the standard ending you would expect from a movie like this, or one from Eastwood. And it begs the question, can you be a grumpy old racist, and a still be a good man?