Thursday, December 11, 2008

Gran Torino: Clint East wood kicks everyone's ass.

Gran Torino: Trailer 1 @ Apple Trailers

I am a huge Clint Eastwood fan, I think that his is a talent that only comes along once in a blue moon. He has proven himself as an actor countless times and his record as a director is nothing to balk at either. There is no mistaking who that rasping growl belongs to when it comes over the theater speakers, especially after it threatens to kick someone's ass. Clint Eastwood does not sleep. He waits.

So it is with much disappointment that I have to say that Gran Torino seems pretty formulaic and even kind of boring. Eastwood is a stubborn, retired man who appears to be tired of living and cares about little anymore. Asian gangs have recently moved into his neighborhood bringing them into direct conflict with Clint Eastwood's fists and his WWII rifle. Clint Eastwood doesn't go hunting...Clint Eastwood goes KILLING. Inevitably, he begins to care (even to *gasp* love) about his neighbors and decides to take matters into his own hands, regardless of what will happen.

More than anything else it looks like a vehicle for Clint Eastwood to kick some disrespectful young people ass. While that may not be a bad thing, it does not alone a good movie make. Cinematography looks solid enough, I always liked Eastwood's eye for lighting and composing a shot so no complaints there. The acting other than Eastwood's looks a little amateurish unfortunately. Can't be too positive on this one.

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