MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2021 (#29 of 48) – Gran Torino (2008) – Encore Review


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #29 of the 48.

Let’s continue with…

Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this not long after is came out and was captivated both by the way that Eastwood directed this film and his amazing and powerful performance in this film which remains among his most poignant of his storied career.

“I once fixed a door that wasn’t even broken yet.” – Walt Kowalski

Number of Times Seen – 3 (17 Dec 2008, 18 Nov 2013 and 18 Jan 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A recently widowed Korean War veteran decides to find a way to reform his young Vietnamese neighbor after he catches him trying his steal his most prized possession, a 1972 Gran Torino.

My Take on it – Amazing film that shows that Clint Eastwood is much more than just an action action. In this film, he delivers one of his most powerful performances over his very long career.  The way that they develop this character is great because he has such a great arc.  Eastwood also directed this film and allows for things to be paced so much. WE can easily see not just the culture class between the various characters, but more importantly, the generation gap between them. Things that were once more important to the older generation, are not as integral to the next and next ones.  The dialogue is written so superbly in order to help us get a real feel of who this character truly is.  The story plays out really well and we see that despite this character’s gruff demeanor and appearance, he is able to find a way to try and connect and be moved by his neighbors once he realizes that he has the ability to do so.  The film’s theme song is also superb and says so much about the story as presented here. The film’s climatic scene is presented in such a powerful and simplistic way and they do a wonderful job keeping things as ambiguous as possible until the last moment which enhances things so much.  Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Clint Eastwood’s character is a Korean War veteran, which he has played in other movies such as Heartbreak Ridge (1986) and Absolute Power (1997). In real life, the actor’s penchant for dropping ambiguous Korean War references is considered audacious by those who know him, because for his entire stint in the Army, he was a lifeguard at the Post Swimming Pool at Fort Ord, California. He never set foot in South Korea. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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One thought on “MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2021 (#29 of 48) – Gran Torino (2008) – Encore Review

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