Clint Eastwood is one of the definitive American icons of all genres - Spaghetti Western, Drama, Action, Western, and many more. He has defied many physics by acting in films that can be called "brainless shoot em' ups"and then directing multi-Oscar winning pictures. The wrinkled man can attest for the majority of quality drama's seen in Hollywood today. Million Dollar Baby not only revived Hilary Swank's dead career (as dead as her role in that feminist-fuck Karate Kid film) but created a boxing film that interested people who weren't fans of boxing. In a way, Million Dollar Baby paved the way for many of the films you see today.
When Gran Torino reach it's limited theatrical premiere, I'd read several reviews expressing a new distaste in Gran Torino. Seeing as how I refuse to watch Changeling, I expected it to be the same stale material that appears to have crafted that film. Gran Torino was a storm to brave through, I'll admit that. At first, I expected to loathe Eastwood's disheveled growl as much as the next guy who can't stand Bale's Batman voice. I was shocked to find it assimilate into the scenes perfectly and it didn't bother me no more. Even with the man being 78 years old, I still found myself intimidated by his hovering presence.
Walt eventually reaches a point in which his racism is articulated and hilarious. When Walt reached out to help Ching-Chang Chong from a group of "spooks", I felt as if Walt had become my own personal hero. Gran Torino to me, is a piece reflecting a bit of Clint Eastwood's life. While I'm sure he is a happy man, the affinity for a vehicular relic and olden time hostilities lay presence. Who knows? Maybe all those years killing people on screen disturbed Clint Eastwood in ways unknown by the average actor.
In the inevitable ending, Gran Torino was a success. My stomach aches now and I will cease to drone on about Gran Torino. Know that it shocked me and made me laugh. It's a rare treat to see such a weathered actor rise above expectations to create damn fine cinematic tragedies. Gran Torino is all what I wanted to derive from the experience. Clint's new film circles around the idea of Walt owning America cause he fought and killed for it, and damn if this film isn't American. A majestic look at the life of a rotten bigot; Gran Torino is a film that will stand aging. I will admit, I sure would have liked to seen Spike Lee's face when Clint called those uppity Negroes "spooks".