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5.0 out of 5 stars GRAN TORINO - GRAN PRIX!, 18 Aug 2009
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I had seen the trailer for this movie and couldn't wait to see it - albeit in DVD form. If this is to be Clint Eastwood's swansong as an actor ( and I doubt it) then he has gone out in a truly memorable and excellent film.
It is a film that doesn't pull its punches, dealing with issues of disfunctional families, the generation gap, cultural differences and race, gang warfare and bullying. It has one or two harrowing moments but is generally a happy film punctuated with a lot of humour. Unlike a lot of American film and TV, this film does not preach nor patronise. You are left to form your own opinions.
The acting is excellent throughout the cast. Clint, of course, is his usual laconic self - his acting wonderfully paced. The two young Asian "leads" are excellent, too, putting in natural and effecting performances. The minor characters are all wonderfully played. The pace of the film (slow at first) allows character to develop. The young priest and the barber are two examples of this.
I ought to mention the dog too. A sensitive and underplayed performance here as well!
This film will leave you with much to mull over after viewing. It is a modern masterpiece with so much to commend it even after several viewings.
Excellent is hardly a sufficient epithet.
Mike, Stoupa, Greece
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