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Eastwood’s ‘Gran Torino': ‘Dirty Harry’ now a grumpy old man

 

Basic CMYKWow. The man just gets better and better. In catching up on recent films, I finally watched Clint Eastwood’s latest movie. Gran Torino.

Written and produced by Eastwood, who is also the pivotal lead in front of the camera, Gran Torino opens with a funeral service for the wife of an aging and fairly foul-mouthed Walt Kowalski (Eastwood), for whom “curmudgeon” is the perfect term. With a raspy Dirty Harry growl and a familiar sneer, Kowalski has effectively isolated himself from family, seems content to wallow in a swamp of emotions and guilt carried over from his wartime service in Korea.

opinion-081Kowalski  is the essence of grumpy, an emotion he is quick to vent on on his Hmong neighbors, for whom he holds an extensive range of language both rude and racist. It’s not just directed at his new neighbors, though; Kowalski is a an equal opportunity racist. When one of those neighbors, a young man named Thao, tries to steal his prized 1972 Gran Torino as part of a gang initiation, Walt doesn’t take it well. «Read the rest of this article»





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