Gran Torino

Good Essays
Topics: Clint Eastwood
\
Journey of Transformation Film Critique
Dr. McGinn
Wednesday’s 1-3:30

“A Gran Torino Ride to Redemption”

Gran Torino, a film directed by the immortal Clint Eastwood, tells us a story of redemption and transformation. Eastwood’s character, a Korean War veteran, is living a depressing, lonely life, we are first introduced to him as a racist, bitter old man. The movie takes place in a less than affluent suburb where Eastwood has seen a drastic change in the neighborhood. His neighbors are immigrants, whom Eastwood seems to have a gripe with. The beginning of Eastwood’s transformation and redemption begins when a boy from next door tries to steal his Gran Torino under the pressure from his gangbanging cousin and friends. Eastwood catches the boy and puts him to work in order to keep out of trouble. The interactions between Eastwood and the boy are darkly humorous at first, Eastwood attacks the boy with racial onslaughts and often degrades him. However we see as the film progresses that Eastwood finds a connection with the boy and he begins to show affection towards him. He gets the boy off of the streets and gets him a job doing construction, along with teaching him morals and values, in a way Eastwood is molding the boy for a life he deserves. Trouble comes along when the gangbanging cousin beats up the boy and rapes his sister along with shooting up their house. Eastwood’s character fully transforms into a loving, caring, and protector of the family next door. He acknowledges that he has done wrong in his life and that there is nothing he can do about it, but the boy is still young and has a chance to do good and live a positive life. He locks up the boy in his basement in order to prevent him from trying to retaliate against the cousin. Eastwood then goes to the house of the gangbangers early in the night where everyone was up and around, and sets out to finish this problem that has been terrorizing the family next door. Instead of taking

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Powerful Essays

    Gran Torino

    • 2506 Words
    • 11 Pages

    Gran Torino Introduction Gran Torino is a powerful drama film that portrays a man’s journey in a crime-ridden neighbourhood. The protagonist, Walt Kowalski, a racist Korean war veteran lived in a neighbourhood where the majority of the residences were of Asian descent. The difficult part of this was he was racist and prejudiced against minority groups. All started to change after the failed attempt of his next-door neighbour Thao of stealing his precious Gran Torino. As part of the Hmong tradition…

    • 2506 Words
    • 11 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Gran Torino

    • 1773 Words
    • 8 Pages

    “Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while you shouldn't have fucked with? That's me.” (Walt Kowalski, Gran Torino, 2008) After watching the movie Gran Torino, I certainly can agree with Walt's perspective on himself. Gran Torino was produced in the year of 2008, written by Nick Schenk and directed by Clint Eastwood. In this particular movie we see the cause and effects of several social issues, how through socialization these social issues can be resolved and perspectives can be altered…

    • 1773 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Gran Torino

    • 252 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Malith Samaradivakara 4/28/2013 MCS 100 Culture Film 2 Gran Torino A movie I watched and liked a lot was Gran Torino. I thought this movie was great! There is a lot of culture in this film. Gran Torino is about Walt, a Korean War veteran, who’s neighbor Thao Vang Lor is pressured into stealing his Ford Gran Torino by this gang. Thao is caught and Walt makes sure he deserves a punishment. Walt makes Thao do chores around the house for a month. During this time, Walt and Thao develop a strong…

    • 252 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    Gran Torino

    • 775 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Taking a look at the final movies, Gran Torino and Sixteen Candles, we have two very different movies in terms of tone, plot and characters. Gran Torino (2008) is a drama that revolves around an old, recently widowed Korean War veteran that appears disillusioned from the modern world and is alienated from his family and seemingly bitter towards everyone. By an at-first shaky relationship with his Hmong neighbors, Walt develops a connection with them and goes through a revelation of sorts about…

    • 775 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    gran torino

    • 847 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Gran Torino Does the movie Gran Torino glorify violence and gun culture in the United States make specific reference to events in the film? The movie Gran Torino does glorify, justify violence and gun culture in the United States when used for the greater good as the military or police do to save lives of many civilians every day. The protagonist Walt Kowalski known as simply Walt well he’s a character he loves using his gun as if it was his culture after all he is a retired veteran. He demonstrates…

    • 847 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    Gran Torino

    • 936 Words
    • 4 Pages

    and at many different levels” (Martin and Nakayama, 2011, pg. 224). Conflicts are not only seclusive to differing cultures, but can often occur within similar cultures as well. For this week’s writing assigment we were asked to watch the film Gran Torino, starring Clint Eastwood, and reflect on the conflicts and popular cultures within the story line. Cultural Conflicts 1. Walt Kowalski has an underlying cultural conflict residing in within himself. The life he once lived as a soldier…

    • 936 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    Gran Torino

    • 1045 Words
    • 5 Pages

    "Gran Torino" is an American drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, and one of the most successful films in the world. It won the "Best Foreign Film", "Best Original Screenplay", "Best Actor" award at 2008 and so on. I believe a good film is made in many ways of aspect skill. At this time, I will be looking at four different aspects which are camera shot using, dialogue, main idea of the film, music editing in "Gran Torino" to shows what sort of skill involved is need in a film, why do we need them…

    • 1045 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    Gran Torino

    • 1789 Words
    • 8 Pages

    Gina Lawence English 306 Gran Torino (final draft) In the Eye of the Beholder The film Gran Torino allows Clint Eastwood directs and plays a role that depicts an older man dealing with lost love, life and death, hauntings from the past, and managing his own racial biases. All of these obstacles come to a harsh reality with the changes taken place in his mid-western home town. Eastwood plays the widower, Walt Kowalski, who is highly racist and prejudice. His character was a former Korean War…

    • 1789 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    Gran Torino Response

    • 813 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Film Response: Gran Torino (Draft) By Clint Eastwood There are many things for the director to take into consideration in order to portray their movie in a specific way, such as background music/ noise, lighting, cast, camera angles and many more. These variables within a movie can emphasise different atmospheres throughout, such as dominance, innocence, happiness and other emotions or character supremacies. The film Gran Torino, directed by Clint Eastwood uses all of…

    • 813 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Gran Torino Monologue

    • 950 Words
    • 4 Pages

    “It is difficult to remain a bystander in any situation of conflict” After listening to Walt’s will and being given the Gran Torino, Thao decides to go home and pack his bags before heading north with Walt’s best friend Daisy, to an unknown destination somewhere in Canada for an unknown amount of time. As Thao began packing his things Sue stormed into the room very confused as to why Thao was packing “Thao! Why are you packing, and where are you going?” said Sue. “On a little road trip with…

    • 950 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Powerful Essays