Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley
Sure, everybody talks about how grumpy of an old man Clint Eastwood is in this movie, but can we take just a minute to address the most amazing part of the film? That’s right, I’m talking about the self-titled song over the credits sung by Clint himself! It rivals “Night Train to Mundo Fine” in gravelly-voiced musicianship, and the thing was nominated for an Oscar. How is that not the first thing everybody talks about in relation to Gran Torino?
Eastwood plays an old racist bastard who’s wife dies and he’s finally left on his own with his dog and his guns and his PBR. One day he inadvertently saves his wimpy Asian neighbor kid (by telling his bullies to GET OFF HIS LAWN), and he becomes the idol of the neighborhood. Against his will, he becomes the father figure this kid never had, and teaches him to stand up for himself and get a job and how to be racist at barbershops.
It’s a pretty decent drama, but it’s mostly just entertaining to watch Clint be an ol’ grumpypuss. He does such a convincing job at being the crankiest man in the world that it almost doesn’t even seem like he’s acting. His scowl is perfect, it even puts Walter Matthau to shame. It’s worth it to watch the rest of what is essentially an after-school special just for how incredibly angry Clint is.