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A Review of Gran Torino The Incarnational Clint Eastwood From the trailers Gran Torino appears to be a somewhat stereotypical American story of a racist, elderly misanthrope who is forced to deal with his prejudices and eventually come to appreciate those he used to scorn.
However, with Eastwood as director and lead actor, Gran Torino delivers much more: Eastwood plays Walt Kowalski, a Korean War veteran and retired Ford assembly line worker recently widowed. Living in a Michigan suburb that has experienced a large influx of Hmong immigrants and having two sons who act as though their father is a burden they have to bear, Walt does his best to live in isolation.
The spiritual overtones in the film are established from the outset.
However, his sermon is a platitude: Death is bittersweet because eternity offsets the pain we feel in this life. Walt has no use for pat answers, especially pat answers delivered by an inexperienced priest fresh from seminary, and he spares few words to explain that to the Father.
However, as Walt becomes entangled in the lives of his next door neighbors, he is forced out of his narrow little world.
Having known much death and having pondered it for most of his life, Walt slowly learns what life is like, and in the process challenges Thao, the Hmong teenager next door, to live his life to the fullest. As the film reaches its climax, the old Walt has mostly disappeared, and in his place stands a man releasing the baggage of his past and achieving peace.
It is due to the car that Walt and Thao come to know each other. When Walt performs an unintentionally heroic act which saves Thao, Thao is forced by his family to work off the debt he owes to Walt.
Through this time together, Thao learns to work, to take pride in his accomplishments, to stand up for himself and his family, and Walt learns what family, life and love really mean.
Primary Themes The film explores many timely themes.
Still, while the seemingly strange rituals of the Hmong family are derided by Walt, they are nevertheless quietly affirmed for their underlying virtues by the filmmaker. Conceptions of manhood are front and center too: While Walt seems to present manhood to Thao as consisting of rude comments and a cynical attitude, in reality he demonstrates that being a man entails at the very least loyalty towards those you love and a willingness to do whatever it takes to protect them.
Afterword It comes as no surprise that this film delivers all the viewer might expect while going beyond it in many ways. At times the younger members of the cast seem somewhat inexperienced, but at no point does this detract from the overall force of the film. The film may help the religious and irreligious alike see through to the heart of the Christian story.
For the person who lives in a confused maelstrom of post-everythings, this film shines a ray of hope through the fog to deliver a visceral, clear-eyed story of the true shape of human salvation.
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Skip navigation The Quintessence of Gran Torino. Performed by Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) - Duration: Basagic Igor. A granddaughter hints that on his death she'd like to inherit the immaculately preserved Gran Torino in Walt's garage, manufactured during the 50 years that he worked on the line at Ford.
Gran Torino opened via a limited theatrical release in North America on December 12, , and later to a worldwide release on January 9, Set in Detroit, Michigan, it is the first mainstream American film to feature Hmong srmvision.com by: Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens, Jamie Cullum.
Starter text response: Gran Torino ‘Gran Torino’ is a film full of symbols of hope and redemption. Discuss. In his film ‘Gran Torino’, Clint Eastwood tells the story of an unlikely relationship between Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski and his Hmong neighbours Thao and Sue.
Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him.
Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can’t get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a Gran Torino he keeps in mint. Snubbing his selfish and uncaring family, Walt leaves his house to the church and his cherished Gran Torino to Thao with certain conditions – that he take care of it, and not add any spoilers or flame drawings to it.