Saturday, January 3, 2009

Gran Turino

Clint Eastwood has directed and starred in a masterpiece in Gran Turino. Eastwood plays Walter Kowalski, a Korean vet and recent widower. The curmudgeony Kowalski hates nearly everything and interacts poorly with the Hmong who are populating his neighborhood. Reclusive Kowalski begins to interact more with his neighbors after one of them attempts to steal his prized Gran Turino.

This movie sounds like a tiresome drama, but it's anything but. This is a dark movie that is also one of the funniest movies I've seen this year. Eastwood is perfect as Kowalski, angry and bitter, tough as any man can be, but human to the core. The plot is well written, and the characters are believable. Not every actor is perfect, but everything comes together well enough for me to rate this 4.5/5 stars. This is one of the best movies I've seen, and in a lifetime of well-played roles, this may be Eastwood's best portrayal ever.

Language and violence. If you can deal with those, go see this movie.


Tam said...

I will be seeing this movie in the theater.

At least twice, actually.

Old NFO said...

I'll take your recommendation! It's on the list.