Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Movie: Gran Torino

We took my mom to Gran Torino last week. It is classic Clint Eastwood.

I particularly liked the juxtaposition between Walt's - the grizzled old vet that Clint plays - children and grandchildren, who were a bunch of spoiled whiners, and his Hmong immigrant neighbors, who embodied what he would have liked to see in his children. It was nice to see a movie make a subtle case in favor of immigration.

It is also interesting to compare the ending here to that in the original Dirty Harry movie. I am not sure if the difference (which I won't spoil for those who have not seen it yet) reflects Clint getting older or a broader social change.