SPOILERS. Cliché but a very appealing story that was very well told. But something here is disturbing: the way Sue's rape is used as a way to give the men a thirst for vengeance. Its importance comes solely from how it affects the male leads. Do we know how she felt? How she recovered? No. In the end, Thao gets the Gran Torino, Sue nowhere to be seen.
Clint Eastwood returning to the cranky, angry man who takes the law in his own hands and giving him a bitter-sweet realistic ending. Unsurprisingly Eastwood steals the show with his unique comments about religion and social problems and in many ways he goes full circle on his acting career ending how he started it all. Still, it is not a typical Eastwood actioner even if it could seem like it by how it builds up.
an old man's fever dream wherein ppl don't mind being called slurs because hey! that's what it means to be a man in the great ole US of A. so tired and so played out. i want none of this white american savior bs and i don't have enough nostalgic appreciation for clint eastwood to fake like it's impressive OR original.
What a weird coincidence that I happened to watch this right after I watched John Wayne's last movie, The Shootist (1976). This could practically be a remake. Ok, maybe not that exact, but the films are eerily similar in plot points and themes. Highly recommended double feature!
Has all the subtlety and artfulness of an after-school special on diversity. A movie so obvious and heavy-handed in its simplistic "hey, can't we all just get along" message that I knew exactly where the story was going within minutes, and I was exactly right. Racism is bad; so is this movie. D+
Subtle storytelling. Intelligent dialogues. Every key scene unveils a new detail without giving away too much, leaving the spectator wondering about what was told and trying to make sense of it into the story. And then a series of emotional events (at least to me they were) where everything adds up. Altough a quite simple plot, it kept me hanging until the very end. And plus, Eastwood's got style.