Gran Torino

Title: Gran Torino
Year: 2008
Length: 116 minutes
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer: Nick Schenk; story by Dave Johannson & Schenk
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Carley, Bee Vang, Ahney Her
Music: Kyle Eastwood & Michael Stevens
Distinctions: currently #84 on IMDb’s Top 250

My reaction
Synopsis: a racist Korean War vet has a sweet car; or, The Inverted Karate Kid
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Concept: Great. The character is more-or-less the whole concept, and the character is great.
Story: Great.
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Great.
Pacing: Good.
Cinematography: Indifferent.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Indifferent. Eastwood is good, but everyone else kind of stinks.
Music: Terrible. It takes the prize for Funniest Closing Credits away from Rambo II.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good). My memory of everything good about the movie was very nearly erased as soon as Eastwood started singing, but not quite.
Objective Rating: 3.0/4 (Good).


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