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Monty Mike
January 22nd, 2009, 06:06 AM
I watched this a few nights ago and it was completely brilliant. I'd possibly go as far to say that it was one of the best films I've ever seen. Pretty much flawless imo. Anyone else seen it yet?

Here's the summary from IMDB:

"Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy an old man, who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors, a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood."

Eldanuumea
January 30th, 2009, 04:06 PM
It is an amazing piece of work. I was afraid Clint Eastwood would just be....well.....Clint Eastwood again, if you know what I mean. But this performance is carefully nuanced. He's gruff and tough, but there is a quiet vulnerability about the character that is different from roles I've seen him in recently.