3.5 stars; rated R
Just as he used Unforgiven
to reflect on the westerns that made him a star, Clint Eastwood uses Gran Torino
to take another look at his iconic Dirty Harry character. Well, "just" is the wrong word. Gran Torino
is contrived and heavy handed. I liked it anyway, because Eastwood does a great job selling his character (as do the actors playing the brother and sister) and because the ending is satisfying (though I hate to think of the probable repercussions of the film's climactic scene to certain parties in the neighborhood). Gran Torino
may be a minor entry in Clint Eastwood's grand career, but it's an effective minor entry.
Where is this film showing? Go to: http://www.fandango.com/grantorino_115300/movietimes