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 Post subject: Gran Torino - an excellent vintage! (No spoilers please)
PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 1:11 pm 
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Hi all,

First I was not really convinced I had to see this one, as I got the impression this would be some kind of "retired Dirty Harry" thing. And actually it is only thanks to the fact that the film Ebon and I went to see wasn't actually on that I got to see it.

And oh boy, did I enjoy it!
Like a very good wine or whisky, Clint Eastwood seems to get better with every passing year, both as a director and as an actor - and with this film he has outdone himself!

We meet him as Walt Kowalski, a bitter old racist that really nobody but his recently deceased wife could stand at all - and with reason. He lives in a neighbourhood that is changing around him, more and more foreigners move in to his never-ending grief and anger.
Then a chance-meeting puts him at odds with one of the local gangs and he starts to get in contact with his foreign neighbours. What follows is not mindless action, but a wonderfully acted drama which draws you in and doesn't let go again.

I will say no more, as I promised no spoilers - but DO stay for the end credits, there is no lost scene afterwards, but the music is hauntingly beautiful. It is the first time ever that I came home from watching a film and immediately downloaded the song from iTunes.

A solid 10 out of 10, if ever there was one!

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 Post subject: Re: Gran Torino - an excellent vintage! (No spoilers please)
PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 7:46 pm 
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hell yeah! completely agree on this one!

everything cinematically was just perfect, and clint was a legend!

probably the best film, (competition with watchmen) that i have seen this year... and not found a fault with


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 Post subject: Re: Gran Torino - an excellent vintage! (No spoilers please)
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:09 pm 
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Hi Zos/Healie,

Totally agree. Just read this. We're discussing, in a round about way, best movies, sci-fi or not in the Avatar thread but for me this is one the best films made in a generation. Every bit as good as something like Godfather (I or II). IN some respects it's better and just about as flawless and thought-provoking movie as any I've ever seen - especially in the context of Clint Eastwood looking back over his years and gun-totting and random shooting of all the "bad guys".

Would have made his perfect Swan Song if he hadn't gone on to make Invictus etc (which I haven't seen yet either).

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 Post subject: Re: Gran Torino - an excellent vintage! (No spoilers please)
PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:02 am 
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I am glad we agree here, X. Yes, "Gran Torino" is as good as it gets and it perfectly shows the genius that is Clint Eastwood.

Have to say I do not like the idea of swansong here, my hope is that the old man still has some excellent films in him. Although I am not much of a football fan, I will probably have to go and watch Invictus ...

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 Post subject: Re: Gran Torino - an excellent vintage! (No spoilers please)
PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:32 am 
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It's about rugby Zos. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Gran Torino - an excellent vintage! (No spoilers please)
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Oh, is that the game with the flattened ball? O.o

;) Zos

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 Post subject: Re: Gran Torino - an excellent vintage! (No spoilers please)
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It's the game played by real heros. Not mega-twat oversexed, over-paid, mentally challenged wife-cheaters. X

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 Post subject: Re: Gran Torino - an excellent vintage! (No spoilers please)
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I suspect you can find those in the world of rugby too X... although not the pretty boys, at least not for long :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Gran Torino - an excellent vintage! (No spoilers please)
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True. Except for the money bit. They do it for the love of the game. :wink:

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