Friday, January 02, 2009

Gran Torino



As of things to expect during the new year of 2009 in the very first day of the year, I had to go through an absolute crap bag of a movie and followed it up with one of the top notch movies in 2008.

The worthless movie was 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' although I'd wish the whole movie could have stand as a still photograph of Keanu Reeves. I don't think we need to discuss a lot about that one.

The follow up movie was 'Gran Torino' is by none other than Mr.Clint Eastwood. Gran Torino has Mr.Eastwood himself as the main character 'Walt Kawoski' a former World War I soldier who operated in Korea. Kawoski is a very independent man who has a past which he likes to forget and a very lonely present time. At the start he projects himself to be a typical old age American who is so arrogant and big headed. His nerves are further tested by the fact that his neighborhood has ended up being a cross-cultural dump yard of people. The movie beautifully shows how the bond between him and the two young Hmong girl and boy builds up. As the movie unfolds the very same characteristics of Kawoski which you hated at the beginning starts to first entertain us and then even educate us about human relationships towards the end. Eastwood with his ever deepening voice of his cracks up some very good humour and also forces us to appreciate the fact that old style of living is indeed simpler & better.

I always judge a movie either by the number of 'Ohhhhhh' feelings or the number of feeling of some heavy chunk stuck up in the top of my throat. Being ‘Ohhh’d is an indication of being tricked by the movie which is good most of the time (Remember Usual Suspects/Memento). The second is the feelings we have towards the characters and their situation which indicates how well the movie has bonded us with the characters within 1 or 2 hours. Gran Torino left me up with a few heavy chunks stuck up in my throat (specially at the end) as an appreciation of how pure and worthy plain old style human relationships can be without all the religions and sciences trying to dissect and describe it.

I would recommend any of you to get a DVD and watch this.
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