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4.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood near top form, 22 Nov 2009
This review is from: Gran Torino [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
Clint Eastwood, in my view, is one of the best directors working in Hollywood today. He has reached the top of his game by surrounding himself with reliable and talented people as his 'backroom staff' and has produced excellent film after excellent film. This offering is no exception. The film is funny, engaging and in keeping with the output from the more mature and thoughtful Eastwood, thought provoking. The eponymous car forms the centrepiece as the only thing that Eastwwod's character cares about. It represnts the kind of nostalgic America he once knew whilst all around him gangs, immigration and violence erode that dream. Thrust into an unusual but engaging friendship with a Korean immigrant boy, Eastwood delivers a poetic and beautifully filmed movie which although a little predictable, leaves the audience realising that even the most grizzly and seemingly hateful person has enormous capacity to change, to be a force for good, to be a hero and to make the difference.

Not quite as polished from a directoral point of view as some of Eastwood' other offerings, most notably Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, the excellent and criminally under-rated A Perfect World, Letters From Iwo Jima and Unforgiven and so not quite worthy of a five star treatment but excellent nevertheless.
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