Gran Torino is a movie of change and compassion. Its controversial prejudice combined with its racial slurs make it almost conflicting to watch. But Clint Eastwood put just the right amount of love in this movie to make your heart pitter and patter. In the movie Clint Eastwood plays a man named Walt Kowalski that has just lost his wife. His sons are selfish and lack the care to look past their racist, gun-toting, Korean War veteran father enough to understand and gain a relationship with him. He did however find someone to touch his heart oddly enough that was his Vietnam refugee neighbors sue and Tao. The young siblings looked past the evil exterior or Eastwood once he helped save Tao from gang members. The favor sparked the relationship that led to the death of Walt. As I look deeper into this movie I find that this movie dealt heavily with prejudice and hatred towards people. There was age, racial, cultural and religious prejudice.
In one scene it was Walt Kowalski’s birthday and his son and daughter in law arrived with cake in hand. They all sat down at the table and the couple sang happy birthday to Walt. They talked to him in a loud gentle voice as if he was a small child. We often treat our elderly as if they are needy and incapable of living on their own. Walt’s son did just that by bringing nursing home and assisted living brochures for Walt to look at. Even though we care and want to make sure they are safe we have to understand that they are our elders. They are far wiser than we give them credit for. The way he was being treated obviously annoyed Walt so it became a perfect excuse to go off an insult his son and daughter-in-law. They both then proceeded to rush out the door shouting about how they had made a major mistake by coming. This was not the only display of prejudice towards age in the movie. When Walt saw his neighbor being harassed by three African American males he pulled up beside the incident and ordered the males to...
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