Gran Torino

This movie is strong and moving in so many ways and works and is great on so many levels. We meet Walt, an old American veteran from the Korean War. He lives in a neighborhood mainly dominated by Hmong?s, a people from South-East Asia, and his neighbors are the Lor family. Walt is an American through and through, old-fashion in his ways, slightly racist, insulting, and pushes away anyone who tries to help him. His character is portrayed brilliantly by Clint Eastwood, who also directed the film. One thing that is absolutely certain about his character is that he changes throughout the film. He starts out as this old, difficult-to-deal-with, altogether bitter man, to become something like a martyr. Calling him a martyr is a slight exaggeration, but he certainly died for the greater good, and most importantly for something he believed in, as well as to protect his friends.

Walt does a great number of things that proves he is a good man, but admits to the priest that he has made terrible choices, especially during the war. They have an interesting conversation in the bar about life and death. Walt tells the priest that it?s not the things they are ordered to do, but the things they are not ordered to do that haunts men. This very statement describes pretty well why many veterans feel so guilty. The things soldiers do on order is to a certain degree fine, but it?s the decisions made on their own that grinds at their souls.

One I would say extraordinary event that takes place in the film, is that Walt allows Thao to borrow his Gran Torino. This event is in my opinion extraordinary because the Gran Torino is one of Walt?s most prized possessions. The fact he is allowing Thao to even touch it again after trying to steal it, shows us a side of Walt we wouldn?t have guessed. By the way he basically guards the car with his life, only someone very special would be allowed to use it apart from himself. Lending it to Thao shows us that he has the ability to trust, and that he trusts Thao. Another thing to point out is that when he dies, the car passes to Thao, not to any family member, which at this point is quite expected, seeing as his relationship to his own family is rather poor.

There is one other remarkable event that takes place towards the end of the film is that Walt finally goes to confess. The priest had been badgering him about it for ages, but all Walt did was brush the pleas away and then proceed to insult the priest in some way. The priest of course gets highly suspicious by his actions, and suspects some sort of revenge mission that may end in bloodshed. Walt also gets a different haircut, and gets a tailored suit, something he has never had before. These may all have been things he meant to do, but never got round to doing. As he said himself; ?I finish things, that?s what I do?. The reason for his suicide mission was probably motivated by the fact that he was ill, and going to pass away soon anyway. He was also obviously thinking about Thao and Sue, when going alone, making it easier for them to live their lives.

 

Right at the end of the film Walt says ?I am at peace? to the priest, meaning he was at peace with himself, something he hadn?t been before, sa said by the priest during Dorothy?s funeral; in the end, death is bittersweet, bitter because of the pain, sweet because of the salvation.       

 

Clint Eastwood as Walt. 

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Ann S. Michaelsen

04.11.2013 kl.16:35

A very appropriate ending you have chosen, "death is bittersweet, bitter because of the pain, sweet because of the salvation." Death is important in the movie and as the priest says, seems you are better with death than life to Walt. In the end he gets better with life and it is very sad that the gang will not leave Thao alone. As Walt says, he does not have a chance alone, Walt is his only way out! I agree with you it is a great movie, Clint Eastwood does a great job!

Matt S

10.03.2014 kl.05:06

I agree it was a good movei and im not even into those kinds of movies! But yes Clint Eastwood is very good in this film.

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