Gran Torino (2008) - Drama

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Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.

IMDB: 8.1
Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang
Length: 116 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 125 out of 950 found boring (13.15%)

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A classic, really entertaining movie with Clint Eastwood .

The drama and action were also compelling, as this movie has some really touching scenes, as well as gritty ones.

Thoa tries to do so but is abruptly scared off by the unexpected appearance of Walt and his gun.

The movie was so intensely dull up until the end.

Apart from that, the movie takes on a tour to a different dimension where Clint's performance was mind blowing and i think he was the right guy for that role.

The Man with No Name, Dirty Harry, an assortment of soldiers and convicts and eccentrics, and now, the bitter and isolated war veteran Kowalski, all seem to belong to the same mythology, a very compelling narrative about the limits of heroism, and our perception of the ideal man, the protector and the avenger.

If this is Clint Eastwood's last film, I can only say that that his performance, in this stunning film, is what legends are made of.

worst movie ever.

Mr. Eastwood, directed this coming of age film and how all of the characters in the film, no matter how old they are, can change.

It is a hugely entertaining ordeal, and as effective as a film like this permits.

Every time a director goes for the movie that is a mix of drama, comedy and possibly an action, he accepts the risk of movie becoming boring mediocre and uninteresting.

A powerful performance from the iconic Eastwood, his character inspires and he proves that anyone can come to terms to an unexpected friendship.

His performance is gripping and assured.

I walked away feeling deeply touched and moved by Eastwood's riveting performance as a Korean War veteran who recently lost his wife and is coping with the fact he lives next door to the nationality of people he fought in the war.

the acting was terrible, from the supporting cast to Eastwood himself, characters utterly two dimensional, the plot was simplistic and predictable and the constant comparisons made between Clint Eastwood and Jesus Christ was cringe worthy.

Three quarters of the way through, I was getting so bored I was just willing it to end.

I watched it tonight and i really enjoyed it.

As noted in subject line, full of empty, easy characters.

Breathtaking...

Paper-thin, stereotyped, predictable, poorly scripted, melodramatic .

Still, Eastwood's latest movie as a director (and his last as an actor) is more entertaining than it is educating.

Action : 5/5Gran Torino is a fantastic movie and I highly recommend it.

And I found this movie to be plain boring at many times.

Life and death are common themes within the realm of film, with each having their respective nuances and larger than life images transported onto the big screen with a frequency that often leads one to forget such basic, but compelling ideas and thoughts.

If I hadn't watched this at home, I would have walked out.

Scott or Jack Nicholson equally understanding Kowalski but taking him into a more strategically-comical or unpredictable patterning).

Every now and then he is saved by his director of photography (Iwo Jima, Changeling), but in general we remain forever in the Land of the Bland.

While there are a lot of intense scenes the color and calmness of Walt make the movie run smoothly and doesn't make the movie seem like it's moving too fast or intense.

It lacks any real bite, and is fairly predictable.

Literal, simplistic, predictable, manipulative - typical Eastwood .

In any case, the film is still well worth watching, even though it's somewhat overrated.

If your going to post "Genius" or "Masterpiece", you better have a lengthy explanation as to why you used such over-used and overly mundane descriptors for your heading.

This movie was so enjoyable to watch.

"Gran Torino is a grand, enjoyable mess as it veers through racism and revenge with a subtext of satire to confuse the best critic.

It's very slow at first.

So Thao's sister being raped is that scene, how it played out was predictable, and what happened after it was uneventful.

A plodding, incomplete picture that will only be remembered for the single quotable line heard in its trailer.

The backdrop to the film is mystic and thrilling as you don't now what's going to happen next, and Eastwood has crafted this brilliantly which keeps audiences on the edge.

Like pouring petrol on a fire to get it started, once we've been over-stimulated with this information we are then treated to a slow burn, as Eastwood allows the film to progress at a wonderful steady pace.

but entertaining, worth watching.

Had it been expanded and drawn out, rather than compressed as it is, it may not have been as engaging.

Pros: gripping story, and has good/funny dialogue at some parts.

All in all, this is one of the year's best films, and I would highly recommend it.

The ending is entirely predictable, even before Walt starts getting all shaven and shorn for his coffin.

I missed certain suspense and some intriguing elements in this simply unspectacular neighbor drama.

The entire film was good at engaging and intriguing the audience though, the script really kept reoccurring characters to a minimum which was wise here.

"Gran Torino" is director Clint Eastwood's prosaic and compelling essay that we are, in fact, a country for "Old Men".

In the end, it felt like a pointless movie.

Dumb and Predictable with Amateurish Acting .

But even this aspect is dealt in a clever and unpredictable way.

The movie had a slow but fascinating evolution, yet watching the movie more than once in a short period of time may prove to be a unexciting task, as the rate at which the film evolves becomes much slower when the viewer already knows the outcome.

The true irony is that in the movie Tao asks Walt if he should watch paint dry, which for a large part is what this movie was like (did that stop me from crying?

Why is he such a one-dimensional and predictable character in everything that he does?

Overall, the movie is weak, but the storyline is compelling and the nuances make it worth going to see.

Simply stunning, one of the best in recent years, Eastwood triumphs .

So if you're looking for a thoughtful, meaningful, truthful romp this is not it, but the film is nevertheless watchable (despite poor acting from some of the cast as has been mentioned in other reviews) and I enjoyed it enough to watch till the end.

Second, the end of the movie was unexpected and added a whole new different feeling to it.

And, actually, the movie became more enjoyable because of that.

Predictable and Cliché, enjoyable only for the sheep.

Sometimes sappy, sometimes boring, sometimes unwatchable, it had very few moments of clarity or anything that made sense.

In short,the film was a humorous, touching, and intriguing old- school parable about an old man.

Following on from two absolutely solid acts filled to the brim with unique characterisation, poignant, tangible thematic analysis and of course a sense of heart which is definitely not neglected throughout the entirety of the feature; Gran Torino may not be perfect, but it sure as hell kicks quite a punch despite its slow-moving and unassuming façade.

It's fascinating to see what he has accomplished since he first came to public attention as a robust, handsome western hunk in "Rawhide.

The story was compelling and, mixed with the drama was a refined touch of humour; the perfect combination for a pleasant evening.

The sold out crowd left the theater, some silent, some crying, and others like myself feeling like I had just truly experienced something...

Both have plots that rely on contrived coincidence after contrived coincidence.

If you haven't seen this movie yet, I highly recommend it.

If you want a good, entertaining movie, I am sure you will love this one.

The story isn't memorable by any means nor does it deviate from the archetypical white saviour trope but the cinematic ride it offers is interesting, engaging & mostly satisfying.

This action packed film will keep you on the edge of your seat for the next two hours in anticipation of what will come next and keep you silently celebrating as each battle is won.

This movie is great in not just one aspect but in many; it has comedy, tragedy, mysteriousness and it has an unexpected finale.

This time though, I am posting a comment on Gran Torino just because it has yet been released and would love to tell the world to make sure they see this stunning classic in theaters.

Though there are a few flaws in terms of narrative, his brutally gripping portrayal of the lead character manages to lay those blemishes to obscurity.

The music goes in hand with the scenes in the movie making them more enjoyable.

I'll say again that the acting was pretty dreadful overall, and I'll repeat that the end made it worth watching.

The story is cliché, uninteresting, cheesy and predictable.

The acting is wooden, the writing unimaginative, and the ending easily predictable.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

It is a very intense movie with very sad and silent moments.

dull, plodding, improbable, vague, inane .

Poor acting, directing, screen writing, producing, and probably gaffing, key gripping, and makeup too.

But when the dry comedic script isn't in hand, the gripping dramatic aspect takes over and it feels just as good.

It is visibly present in this magnificent character that figure of "father missing" that there was also Frankie Dunn in Million Dollar Baby, the closeness with another person ends up inevitably determine their own destiny, personal choices (the intense final scene, marked the rhythm of a duel western) arising from the feelings you have for another person, the right and wrong are very thin lines are often difficult to choose and go, and where there is life lies death.

One of the worst movie ever.

GRAN TORINO in spite of being pretty predictable, it is a heart-felt human drama finding comedy in indifference.

the writing of some of the scenes especially the racially motivate scenes seem so contrived and there is no creativity in them whatsoever.

I also appreciated the unexpected sense of humor from the screenplay very much.

8) Even Clint's constant growling throughout the movie got tiresome.

Surprisingly enjoyable!

So as the minutes go by, he begins to care for his neighbours and he becomes the hero of the neighbourhood (long story, go read a real boring review to find out what he actually did) and he realizes that he has something to care about.

This movie is certainly worth watching and provides good entertainment.

It's not a bad film, it's enjoyable and you'll love Clint every second of the film.

It's a simple story but enjoyable with a powerful message.

At 78, Eastwood has nothing more to prove, yet he has produced another stunning winner.

He is one dimensional, mono-thematic, and down right tiresome to watch.

How many more contrived scenes with racial slurs and name calling can story-tellers come up with - it began to remind of Crash unfortunately.

I highly recommend it.

The story was compelling and, mixed with the drama was a refined touch of humour; the perfect combination for a pleasant evening.

Started off boring, like MDB.

Kowalski's racist nature was actually comical (in an Archie Bunker sort of way) but the most impressive thing about Eastwood's performance was how well he portrayed Kowalski's gradual change of heart toward his neighbours, beginning with his unexpected friendship with young Sue (a great performance by Ahney Her) and developing into his role as the neighbourhood's protector against the violent Asian gangs that continually invade the area.

Thao's sister Sue (Ahney Her) is the one who will take Walt with her family, a new culture for Walt and is all part of an extremely entertaining film, now with Walt and Thao doing stuff together, a feel good part of the film (just hilarious how Walt talks with his Italian American pal and that part when Walt brings Thao to the barbershop just like when Thao presents himself with his future boss are just fantastic!

Gran Torino is very entertaining, touching and just impossible to look away from.

This sets up the awkward but very entertaining integration.

As the story is very compelling to the audience it drives you in an emotional adventure.

Over the years, however, it seems that the message has become increasingly predictable, more boring, and its delivery hasn't improved either.

'Gran Torino' is one of Eastwood's most enjoyable dramas of the decade.

But the best acting in the world cannot save a horrible waste of time, which sums up this movie.

The ending is predictable and not emotional considering how emotional and touching it should have been.

What you're in for is basically one big roller-coaster of emotions that is one of the most suspenseful, well thought out, simply brilliant films I have ever seen.

The writing and the acting were trite, shallow and just plain old silly.

To everyone's ill concealed embarrassment, Clint barks a tune during the credits -The end-Mix in some truly pathetic acting by a cast clearly let in on a sympathy vote, the worst clichés gathered from Alan Smithee's collective works, The Ultimate Anthology of Prosthetic Plot Points, and you get this yard sale of banality which is Gran Torino.

They go to the play book on how to put scenes together and what to do in them that make it predictable.

Stop making "oh ah" on this propaganda movie industry and do not waste so much natural resources when producing it!

The movie overall was pretty enjoyable and appealing.

Directing is really boring, and it shows in the actors that hurry their lines.

Very very unpredictable.

As the film goes on is loses it touch and drifts away from being a comedy, to end up very cliché-like as I already mentioned.

Its like watching Bill Murray turn in another performance as bored and sarcastic.

The story is mostly engaging with an interesting protagonist, but there are a few moments where it is hackneyed and predictable, which is my only criticism of this movie.

Thao doesn't have much of a personality like his sister and his gradual transformation from a shy, detached kid into someone who's hardworking and responsible seemed a bit too predictable.

Aside from predictable moments, it is a good film.

This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life.

this might be the worst movie that I've seen in a really long time.

Gran Torino is a dark, yet enthralling drama anchored by a gripping performance by Clint Eastwood and a powerful story that is hard to ignore.

Don't waste your money .

I found the film's pacing ponderous, the plot contrived, and the characters portrayed as caricatures or stereotypes.

The scene is truly intense and sparks a fair amount of tension and unease.

Then, nothing happens.

Because at heart, it's just another cliché, pansy excuse at a heartfelt life-changing movie, and I'm sick of the same godforsaken story every time I walk into my godforsaken movie theater.

Sure you get wisecracking Eastwood, but you also get feed a lot mixed messages and movie cliché's that make your eyes roll.

In the end Walt again does what he thinks is right and makes the ultimate sacrifice for the sanity of his unexpected new friend.

A powerful and gripping movie.

He's utterly useless, and the guy playing him is very monotone, doesn't deliver any lines with emotion, and his character doesn't affect Walt in the slightest.

predictable.

In "Gran Torino" Clint gives a powerful and riveting performance in his best work as an actor.

I had a hard time accepting any of this film's main players as anything more than thin caricatures, especially considering the bland, straightforward dialog they're given to work with, and that resulted in a major emotional disconnect during the climax.

Touching and entertaining.

A moral tale then and one well worth watching.

Overall, this film suffers from too many cliché characters and too many cliché plot points to really be anything more than an average movie.

There are difficult/unpleasant moments of gang violence and cultural ignorance, but the relationships Walt forms with his next door neighbors (who are Hmong, an ethnic group in Southeast Asia) are really enjoyable and touching.

Sound effects included various background suspenseful music to add drama to many of the confrontational scenes, such as Walt pulling a gun on the gang when they learn that Thao Vang does not want to join the gang, the return of Sue from her brutal beating, and the scene where Walt takes a stand to the gang.

But the movie sags in the middle and feels very contrived, all the characters are one dimensional and the acting is best described as adequate.

It is a slow piece of work with no big moments (until the end) and follows the relationship between an aging old man and a good-hearted naïve young Asian boy next door.

I think this is one of Eastwood's very best movies and I enjoyed it a great deal.

The ignorance of the film is unbearable.

GRAN TORINO is a bit too over-the-top and predictable for serious Oscar consideration.

Yet definitely worth watching.

The story seems to be another tale of revenge "à la Dirty Harry", but has an unexpected twist in the end to a wise conclusion.

In fact, the story seems to be reasonable and logical and most importantly close to any situation we might be dragged in real world.

This is probably my favorite Eastwood project - it is multi-layered, affectionate, surprising, and thoroughly engaging.

Even more confusing, Clint's son, both of his sons, actually, are dressed in suits and ties, while their sons wear football jerseys and daughters wear revealing clothing.

The role of the priest, played by an uninspired Christopher Carley, is bland enough to fit into an actual sermon.

It was that hollow and pointless.

This film is so full of right wing white supremacist pro patriarchy, pro America, pro military propaganda that it makes my blood curdle.

He is able to keep the film at a first pace when most directors would have made similar scenes slow and drawn out.

I may as well get the negatives out of the way, by admitting that the first 20 minutes or so were quite slow.

This film is gripping, and a tear jerker to boot.

I see about 100 films a year and I can say with confidence that this film had the most on the nose dialog, the most exposition, the most generic and predictable storyline, the worst acting.....

Gran piece of pro white patriarchal American propaganda .

This movie is in my bottom 5 for worst movies of all time.

However, despite narrative and directorial shortcomings, he as a performer more than carries the slack - his triumphant rendition of unrepentant, grizzled Korean war vet Walt Kowalski is endlessly watchable, as each animalistic snarl, grim spitting out of racial slurs and grimace as he reflects on his own waning physical potential are alternatively hilarious, gripping and touching, managing to take a despicable sack of a man and infuse him with gruff pathos, charisma and sly humour to spare.

So yeah, I got bored, changed the channel and watched 'The Life Aquatic' to try and cheer me up after this horrible movie.

If this is Clint Eastwood's last film, I can only say that that his performance, in this stunning film, is what legends are made of.

Some of the twists and turns are unexpected, and the way the older generation teaches the young (and the young teaches the old) is inspiring.

From the very beginning of the film it is one long string of predictable events.

Amazingly, this is a very compelling film.

At 78 years old Director and Actor Eastwood is inspiring and continues to do amazing compelling work.

Sometimes we were laughing so hard that I missed some of the dialog, but that just shows how good this movie really is, and the level of humor was quite unexpected and refreshing.

Storyline is cliché and unrealistic: Walt balancing the wash machine to make his entry, Thao getting scarred for life with cigarette in his face, shootout at the end, young priest (were they inspired by the ridiculous young priest from 'There will be blood' ?

Relevant and greatly entertaining.

And its the most piece of s**t garbage boring a$$ scene that I have ever sat through.

The subject of "life and death" is brought up quite often, which becomes an intriguing topic.

powerful and compelling .

The repeated stereotypes that were used throughout the film along with the director's angle made the film complex and intriguing.

That being said, I believe the slow pacing was deliberate, as the film takes its time to dive deep into the core theme of the film of people having to fight the generational and cultural gaps on a daily basis.

The fact that he gradually comes to accept his neighbours, enjoy their company and supports Thao far more than his own children is compelling and ironic, summed up by the line where he says, "God, I've got more in common with these gooks than I do my own spoilt rotten family.

It just gets so embarrassing, you just want to leave the theater and get drunk to simply destroy the brain cells that stored the whole thing, to save you from uncomfortable flashbacks for the rest of your life.

With a great song by Jamie Cullum to conclude the film (which stands as a horrendous Oscar snub, equalled only by the additional snub of the Bruce Springsteen Song from The Wrestler), Gran Torino is a pure gem; a film that both draws unexpected laughs, soft smiles and tears from an audience that is happy to oblige, as well as salute a screen legend in another iconic role that proves even at an old age a dark horse can still kick you in the face.

Dialogues are unimaginative, repetitive and plain corny and full of mostly unnecessary racial slurs, the characters are completely stereotypical and don't get much depth, many plots seem just pointless and don't lead to anywhere...

There are some wonderful performances in "Milk" (Sean Penn), "Australia" (Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman), "Changeling" (Angelina Jolie and director Clint Eastwood), and "The Dark Knight" (a riveting performance by "Brokeback Mountain's" Heath Ledger).

The movie shows some mind blowing old school class.

And yet, for all of the joy in watching an icon like him on screen, and for some of the memorable scenes that make it enjoyable (oddly enough, since it's not as good a film as it, more enjoyable conventionally than Changeling from just two months ago), its not up to snuff with what Eastwood's done this decade at his best.

A great film that is occasionally let down by its slow pace .

The film is way too long and had it just stayed as a comedy I would rank it higher than 4 of 10.

Yet, everything that was there subtle, unexpected, hinted, is here in 'Gran Torino' direct and trivial.

Eastwood's low growling voice and intense stares still have the same potency they possessed when he appeared in A Fistful of Dollars back in the early sixties, and it is this which enables Walt to take control of almost any violent situation he encounters.

But, it is churlish to pick on this when you are faced with such a tight and entertaining piece of film-making with a powerful message of redemption.

It does exactly what you'd expect from a mediocre Hollywood flick and thereby it's very predictable.

The plot flows seamlessly along, fluid and engaging, with characters that are authentic in a way that inspires empathy.

In all a cinematic achievement worth watching for years to come.

I watched this film with 36 other people scattered throughout the (mostly empty) theater.

The story is simple and undoubtedly entertaining.

To me, it is pseudo-art at best, just a day in the life of a grumpy old bigot that lives in a bad part of town does not make "art" and that is all this film is made of, a boring story that could happen to anyone that lives in a bad part of any town.

On the other hand if you have heard of Fellini, then don't waste your time with this rubbish.

Come on, when are people going to stop humouring this boring old fart?

There were numerous problems that I had with this film:1) The plot and scenes were so predictable, it wasn't even entertaining.

The story is completely non-existent, and nothing happens for about the first 90 minutes.

Quite simply, I found this film high class and very entertaining.

The Worst Movie...

Save your money and your time.

While most people will likely focus on the dramatic events and trite dialog to form their opinions of this movie, I'd like to offer up these thoughts to present a perhaps different perspective that is (hopefully) worth noting.

As cliché as this film is, the ending will leave you dazed and confused, until you start putting everything in perspective.

GRAN TORINO takes on this ugly issue and works it with such compelling force that just when the audience feels is cannot tolerate any more racial slurs a transformation takes place, opening a window to understanding and perhaps altering the poison of racism's effects on American Family While at first it may look to be another episode of Dirty Harry or "What would a retired Dirty Harry do?

Three-fourths of "Gran Torino" is as entertaining and amusing as any "All in the Family" episode except that the bigoted hero indulges in profanity and racism galore.

One of the most unexpected endings and I would say this is the brilliant ending to the wonderful movie.

The good: 1) Eastwoods acting in this movie is very solid and quite entertaining as he growls his way through most of it.

Drama film is very sophisticated and I expected this result Because the actor and director is a cinematic legend Clint Aasword Influential film makes you cry and makes you laugh, despite the simplicity of the story, but the Aistoord very clever director was able to deliver the story makes the viewer see from this simple grandeur cinematic rich drama characters were carefully selected and were all neat and also the beginning of the film draws you to the events of the end, but despite the intense admiration for the film, there are some spaces of the film Chartni little bored though, but this boredom begins to fade quickly in the last minute the movie I liked in this movie dialogues beautiful rich subtle meanings and eventually affecting most loved film is a moment that shows the car gran torino and how Aistoord (Kowalski) showed interest in drive more of the family and this is what he hurts himself how he did not communicate with his family properly movie his message was very important, which is that we communicate with relatives and family and the friendship does not recognize the difference of life and to help others is an important part in our lives and this is what he did Kowalski in this film.

This was a very impressive movie and I highly recommend it to everyone.

Perfect characters make for boring films.

They are par for the course here,and while the acting in this movie is truly not that remarkable--though Ahney Her as the Hmong boy's older sister is at least likable--the story and Clint's forceful presence makes this movie funny,human and intriguing.

I can recommend Gran Torino with confidence because,although it is not a great movie,I found it very entertaining,interesting and with some touches of honesty.

It's very solid, nicely photographed, wistful and warming comfort food, with some wry and sharp lines from Clint peppering it throughout, and there are some wild allegorical touches to think about in the odd slow bit (like the whole somewhat formulaic priest thing).

Of the two main Hmong actors, Ahney Her as Sue I found to be extremely compelling; Sue is, after Walt, the film's best-realized character, and one minor issue I had with the film is how she sort of fades from view as the focus shifts to Thao.

However its difficult to outright condemn the film as it has good intentions and delivers an entertaining experience.

(I won't say how it happens, in case you still want to waste your time on this film)Even the conflict resolution was unbelievable.

A simple and pure movie that is just so very compelling and powerful!

The film doesn't lose on quality because of that, cause it's covered by a touching story, superb direction, and breathtaking lead role by Clint.

The movie is a little longer than one would hope (that is, it ended a bit longer than I thought it should), but it's an effective and highly evocative story of a man's quest for inner peace.

Dialogue, conflict and the acting were all elements that made the movie entertaining.

One BIG Yawn - if you wasted your time too, at least warn others.

It makes "Gran Torino" a very broad, surprising and unexpected great movie to watch.

One of the worst movies i've seen lately .

This film is good entertainment and I highly recommend it.

In some occasions he captured my attention, but most of the time he was dull and seemed as to much forced acting.

My first ever post on this site has been kept for the biggest waste of time of my life...

His constant scowling and groaning under his breath becomes tiresome and it feels lazy.

I left the theater very disappointed; the movie, as many others have said, is boring, predictable and the racism theme is trite.

To some, he is a racist; to others, he is an individual who embraces the American melting pot, both historical and current (and a compelling argument against making racial slurs the sine qua non of racism).

The story and direction was compelling.

I also thought John Carroll Lynch was entertaining as Walt's Italian friend/barber and the conversation they had together in that one scene in the barber shop was done very well.

Finally, something boring happens.

You can see also many thrilling scenes and moments .

This movie is,to put it simply, stunning.

It is beautiful and worth watching for anyone, especially fans of Clint.

But this movie was so enjoyable just because of Clint Eastwood and some good supporting cast.

The plot, combining together Eastwood as a Lone ( and deservedly lonely ) Ranger character and the always faulted premise, "My Enemy's Enemy Is My Friend", has the story line, which proceeds by rather predictable steps, of a common enemy uniting persons whose bigotry regarding each others race would otherwise have kept them apart.

And so the story moves to its predictable finish.

Whenever something courageous or risky was about to happen, the lighting was always low and it was directed to Walt's facial expression to make the scene more intense.

I immediately became immersed in the character as I felt every grunt and moan he made as his character dealt with the unwelcome change of his departed wife and new Asian neighbours.

So while the viewer is expected to make a few leaps in understanding, and this is not perfection, it is in fact, still very good film making and worth watching.

OK, could've been a showcase for old bone Clint, but the story's just too thin and predictable, the story-telling is far too hammy.

In Million Dollar Baby the performances were boring and pointless - and in Gran Torino they are just sad.

But it masterfully mixes family relations, race relations, intense drama with some well placed humor.

Worst movie of 2008.

His slow developing relationship with the Hmong family next door.

Eastwood triumphs once more in turning what would otherwise be a simple drama into a memorable, engaging story, using his heroic anti-hero Kowalski as a platform for better written roles for older actors.

Walt's reaction to the news - which was really no reaction at all - was true to life, but cinematically dull.

Walt's general attitude and behavior slowly changes, after engaging with a charming young girl that lives with her family next door to Walt; Sue (Ahney Her).

Then low and behold -- the most predictable ending ever.

The utterly inane and predictable build-up and ending fell jarringly flat, like MDB.

Its awesome, and very entertaining.

But in the end, these are small complaints that only poke small holes in the very enjoyable experience of watching Gran Torino.

But it isn't just that, because Clint manages to do a coming of age story as well.

The thrilling story can also be classified as a comedy.

However, Ahney Her was absolutely stunning and impressive as the Thao's intelligent and level-headed sister.

The writing in the film is phenomenal, the character development is top-notch, and the story is engaging and significant.

The way that Kowalski embraced not only the cultural difference, but age difference as well showed that he had a coming of age so to speak.

He seems to be getting past the cliché.

(2) The story drags and becomes very predictable about half way through.

This movie is definitely worth watching for its original story.

However, the film does suffer a bit from what is, at times, slow pacing.

Here was this unbearable old codger criticising everything, even his granddaughter's clothes, and they are expected to love him?

Mediocre overall, but if you are a Clint Eastwood fan it might be worth the watch anyways.

This film along with the filmed in the 2000s as ¨Invictus ¨ , " Changeling" , ¨ Million dollars baby ¨ ¨Mystic river ¨ make that the dramatic force of this great director turns outs to be breathtaking and impressive .

I disagree, yeah it's a low budget movie, but it's one of those low budget movies that is worth seeing it in theaters because of a brilliant performance by Clint Eastwood with a riveting script.

This story is so absorbing and Clint!

He also revealed he is a wooden actor and a plodding, predictable director.

Gran Torino is this intense and amazing character study led by the absolutely mind blowing character of Walt Kowalski created, played by, embodied by Mr. Eastwood.

One of the best films to showcase Clint Eastwood's talent as an actor and director, Gran Tarino is worth watching and good ending to a career that has lasted over three decades.

It's very boring, predictable and clichéd movie right from the first scene.

I felt no real, intense conflict; no sense or point in the plot.

Contrived, Stereotypical, Coincidence-Ridden Tragedy .

I also liked the unexpected end, an example of sacrifice for the welfare of others, which surprises the spectator because the film is quite violent, even the poster seems to indicate that.

Gran Torino may not have the poignancy of Million Dollar Baby or the confrontation of Mystic River, yet it is still such an engaging and often very funny film because of the central performance by Eastwood.

Everything about the film is painfully predictable...

The hero is contrived.

Got even more tedious through the middle, most of the scenes being obvious set ups for all the 'emotional, hard-hitting' stuff later on, like MDB.

The rest of the cast fail to not only live up to Eastwood's standard, but even conventional standards of quality, as Bee Vang as Kowalski's repentant teenage protégé Thao delivers a dull, uninspired performance, making key emotional moments almost laughable, and Christopher Carley as the young, passionate priest continually butting heads with Kowalski fares little better.

Tao's sister, Sue, (a scene stealing Ahney Her), is spontaneously outgoing and engaging with Walt, and confides to Walt that Tao is growing up without any proper male role models in his life.

Overrated and predictable .

Though this can be seen as a bleak drama, there are plenty of intriguing moments which can raise a laugh here and there as well as an occasional smile.

A lot of research was made on the culture, unlike some Hollywood movies, which made Gran Torino a much more interesting as well as an entertaining film.

I found the story quite intriguing and many of the moments were funny.

GT is an humorous and compelling meditation on the themes of ubiquitous bigotry, culture clash, political refugee immigration/resettlement (and, by way of that, US foreign policy) and Old School, Doing the Right Thing (vs today's more commonplace "situational" ethics).

Overall the movie was very amateurish and a waste of time and money.

But the acting was SO overdone, the script was SO cliché, and the characters were WAY too caricaturized, that the story soon lost all credibility.

Enjoyable plot .

Still very much worth the watch and I regret waiting for so long before giving it a go.

The bad: 1) The actual scene by scene flow of the movie is extremely disjointed.

Highly overrated and one of the most boring and worst movies of Eastwood.

As such, Eastwood's film lacks the tidy trimming of plot his other features demonstrate, starting out strong but quickly lapsing into cliché and unbelievable characterisation, eventually simply feeling overlong, somewhat rambling and lacking of clear resolution and purpose.

Him getting blown away was definitely unexpected.

If he had cast experienced competent actors in the other lead roles -- specifically Thao and Sue -- Gran Torino would likely be a riveting, entertaining and award-winning film.

Very well acted, featuring a classic and impeccable direction, a photograph of a dry and beautiful, and enriched with a scathing humor and intelligent, "Gran Torino" is presented as an extraordinary moral fable, engaging and sincere: a masterpiece of form and content that has evaded any naively optimistic hopes in the final with a sense of hope, a message of justice, a call for tolerance.

The lack of experience of the actors and the slowness of the story brought the work down; it was certainly saved by the ending.

Overall, the whole plot line of Gran Torino is an engaging little spectacle.

The result is an absolutely gripping film.

Throughout much of the movie Walt is place in a simple wardrobe that depicts the flat and empty personality he possesses.

This is so far one the worst movies of Eastwood I ever saw and a true disappointment to a fan like me.

There are times where you're not sure where any of this is leading, causing the film to get a little boring and a little tedious.

It started off a little slow, but it sped up after a while, and it turned out to be sad,exciting and even funny.

I was bored and disappointed.

Self Indulgent Drivel .

A confused and sometimes infuriating film, but also one that is undoubtedly entertaining and occasionally even touching.

Don't you just want to see the angry, growling old git inevitably get reformed in the most painfully predictable, clichéd way by the most painfully predictable, clichéd characters imaginable, yet again?

) To give Gran Torino a little bit of credit, I these boring talking scenes aren't nearly as boring as I expected.

One of the most amazing elements in the film is Eastwood's solid turn as the man who must learn to find a reason to live again, even when this can only be done through the most unexpected ways.

'Gran Torino' is a very smart and hugely enjoyable drama film with a brilliant ending that tops off what is a truly great story.

The film seems unsure if it wants to be a coming of age drama, wherein the crusty, set in his ways Eastwood learns a life changing lesson or if it wants to be Dirty Harry 6.

g, All in the Family) but it's very tired and predictable now.

Gran Torino is uninteresting at best and tedious at worst,worse even than Million Dollar Baby,and contains some of the worst actors ever subjected to the silver screen.

Then, even when there is a plot, it's a pathetic cliché.

Furthermore this is a must see movie and I highly recommend it.

This movie is great because there are times where it makes you happy, sad, and times you're on the edge of your seat.

A banal display of gimmickery and staggeringly amateurish acting.

Some thing worth watching by all.

Pathos, action, psychodrama, comedy, Disney-like social commentary -- they're all in the script -- but in a mixture that is, until the end, trite and off-putting.

There are a lot of people who love films, but will not watch the Academy Awards because of the long, boring, redundant speeches with everyone thanking everyone.

a very intense movie .

There are a few rewarding moments, and again, Clint's acting and character are superb, but that is not enough to recommend this amateurish, predictable, and pretty unrealistic movie.

One Man's Unexpected Path To Redemption.

Anyway, be prepared on some slow paced sequences and don't expect an amazing movie.

Personally, I thought it a pointless suicide.

Gran Torino is a highly enjoyable movie, at times funny, often moving and worth watching for Clint's performance alone.

This film stands above the crowd, in a film age of flashy effects and big block busters that seem to be there to merelly to showcase the lastest cgi and special effect technology but untimately leave an empty feeling at the end of the film while you are still searching for some meaningful story.

In an era of endless teenage sex comedies, werewolf and zombie movies, and meaningless fantasies, this movie is an admirable departure, and enjoyable in its own right.

Story was predictable and weak.

I was expecting an action packed movie with a decent story line to keep my attention.

Entertaining Movie, Anticlimactic ending .

It's a touching piece of film and a great coming of age story.

terribly predictable.

It has no story.

Problems with the movie are that it can get boring.

The premise of this movie also seemed quite intriguing from the previews.

The acting is horrendous and the plot is so contrived as to be laughable.

Coming of age?

It is slow.

Gran Torino is by and large hugely entertaining, and will genuinely keep you gripped throughout.

Even though this is an excellent film, the ending was predictable and disappointing.

The movie was fairly predictable, exactly what you would expect from a movie of this sort.

Worst movie ever.

First, the images and the cinematography were fascinating because of the different camera angles and movements; you could tell they were well planned to make this technical feature support the mood of the story.

This heart felt all-banging climactic box-office success has shown that the 'clatter' from the cynic's, believing that he is too old to continue bring to the forefront new and exciting material for the mass audience to experience, enjoy and even learn from.

Message is a bit forced, but entertaining for what it is .

Beneath all the nastiness of this heavy drama, there is a surprisingly compelling level of emotion.

This movie is long, boring, stupid and a true disappointment.

Then comes the unexpected friendship with the aforementioned young man Thao (Bee Vang).

Stunning movie.

The storyline is truly engaging throughout, whether it is in the dialogue or the more fast-paced scenes.

I went to see the show with my teenage granddaughter and as we left the theater she said "I haven't cried at a movie since I was 11.

However this appears to be a deliberate attempt to establish a bridge between the crudely enjoyable films of Eastwood's salad days, and the smart and cagey movie that this morphs into.

It was funny, touching, spiritual, evocative and completely engrossing.

This old school, slow-burning drama manages to spin a delicate, quiet, and respectable yarn for its first two-thirds, offering up a slew of complicated characters, solid dramatic intrigue, and several healthy doses of irreverent humor in the process.

I think that when a film is directed and starred in by the same man things can get a bit pretentious.

That's why it's so confusing to see he was able to make such an embarrassing, almost amateuristic movie.

I was never able to relax and enjoy what I was watching on screen because it felt old and cliché.

The fact that, despite all its flaws, it's as ably made as you'd only expect from an Eastwood film, makes it watchable and even quite enjoyable.

Get Off My Yawn .

Gran Torino is definitely a great movie and is absolutely worth watching.

I really enjoyed the subtle nuances of this movie and while it was a little predictable--I knew half an hour in that Eastwood would die and leave the car to the kid--I didn't anticipate the way it would end or Walt's final act, which was really great.

He scores a stunning performance by showing us a very hardheaded veteran that can make you laugh at times.

This is come to expect the unexpected 21st century Clint Eastwood.

It's thought-provoking and exciting at the same time.

Over all, a very entertaining film telling a heart-warming story.

But i felt the ending was too predictable and was too short.

The point is somewhat labored that Walt lives alone, alternately ignored or patronized by his family who clearly find him tedious, while the Hmoung all seem to live in one big happy extended family with granny cheerfully spitting on the front porch.

How do I cliché thee?

Clint Eastwood's film-making career has led credulity to the cliché that some things only get better with age, showing a transcendent self-awareness and reflective grasp for supremely genuine emotional storytelling and allegorical commentary on America, and the steadily fading beacons of past moral values.

Clint Eastwood growls and huffs and puffs through this oh too predictable-derivative of the old west-American fable.

Most of the "thrilling" spots are all bluff and NON-action anti-climax.

Walt Kowalski gives everything he has in this action packed film to bring his neighborhood back to the form it was in when he moved in many years ago.

Over-hyped, but very enjoyable .

better watch blood in blood out though, not the same concept, but way more entertaining.

That was a beautiful, almost embarrassing, funny "old man" moment that was unexpected and so real.

But I did find the relationship that arises between Clint and Thao, as well as Thao's sister, Sue, quite touching (if cliché).

Gran Torino was extremely entertaining.

Don't get me wrong, it's very entertaining, the acting (at least from Eastwood) is believable.

Clint Eastwood's character was dull and devoid of any apparent wisdom or subtlety.

What this film has is about every cliché imaginable.

The screenplay is top notch allowing for some great one liners from Walt and an interesting and compelling story that is sure to interest most viewers who would give the film a chance.

This rousing crowd-pleaser is sure to surprise many, through its copious sour humour and pure badassery, while managing to still be an affecting and sombre dramatic entry in Eastwood's long-enduring and wildly successful career in front of and behind the camera.

Enjoyable .

Still, in this one he seems to be delighting in keeping people on their toes, and there are many things you'll leave with both expected and unexpected.

After the predictable, boring, clichéd tripe that was Million Dollar Baby I risked seeing this as again I was taken in by all the good reviews...

While there is some violence there is plenty of solid emotional moments and lots of unexpected belly laughs.

In short: it was honest, compelling, challenging, and just damn good storytelling all the way through.

There are some wonderful performances in "Milk" (Sean Penn), "Australia" (Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman), "Changeling" (Angelina Jolie and director Clint Eastwood), and "The Dark Knight" (a riveting performance by "Brokeback Mountain's" Heath Ledger).

On example of this is the scene at the beginning where the mourning of Walt's late wife is taking place, the images shown in the story-telling evolution is very important, but once you get to know the outcome of the story the initial scenes seem pointless and long.

He's an engaging character that grows and develops throughout the movie, an interesting phenomenon for such an old man.

I found the dialogue and characters to lack credibility, and the plot too cliché-ridden to be taken seriously.

Yes, this movie pushes messages about matters we face today - racism, teenage life, generational and societal divides, political correctness, coming of age, aging parents and selfish children, redemption, etc. These messages are carried in a way that is neither condescending/cutesie-poo or blatantly over-the-top.

A slow burn .

BUT THE LEAD BOY's ACTING IS SO HORRIBLE IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE MOVIE THAT HE MAKES THIS FILM BOARDER ON UNWATCHABLE!!!

Despite a rather clumsy start this develops into an extremely well made and enjoyable film.

Wow Clint must have a very large family to get all these great reviews from a film that is so predictable and so lame in its presentation , or maybe its pity .

Shamelessly Ridiculous and Entertaining .

Not a bad movie, just pedestrian, predictable and two-dimensional .

Rather he is world-weary, bored, weighted down by remorse, disinterested in life, and with no passion for any real anger or hatred.

This movie starts slowly and builds as it goes along to a satisfying and unexpected climax.

It is the unlikeliest of films, both humorous and thrilling.

Eastwood works his magic to deliver a very compelling, totally involving drama that ends on a solemn, powerful note.

So misleading and dreary - hopefully the old folk will like it after watching Matlock and Murder She Wrote.

This is a film that I think everyone should watch, as the humor throughout the film helps relieve the tedium of the slow pacing this movie uses.

i said in short so id best just leave off with the plot, predictable, predictable and, yes, very, very predictable.

A great action packed film .

Overall a surprisingly moving, compelling and a great character study movie with an excellent performance makes Gran Torino one of 2008's best films.

He makes the character and movie as a whole believable and also real compelling.

There is a progression in his character occurring in a swift and unexpected direction.

It was one long, boring, yawn-fest.

I usually like to pick holes in movies and dissect the negatives out of them, but in this case I can't and wouldn't even want to, as I really enjoyed it and believe that everything was spot on.

This movie is as formulaic as it gets from the script to the music choices to the acting.

i am going to start with that i am a big fan of clint eastwood so whatever he do as an actor or director i like it(almost every time),i am reviewing this movie after watching it fourth time(in five years),gran torino is a kind of movie you can watch it more then once and still going to enjoy like you did it first time,drama which was created by clint eastwood in this movie with all those badass punchlines,emotions,chemistry between all actors and with that heart touching and unexpected climax is simply amazing,clint eastwood have a particular style of building a story with slow and delicate pace and then he will surprise you with mind-blowing climax which leaves you with that feeling for next few days.

A hilarious, thrilling, and sad movie .

A gripping movie full of suspense and a handful of laughs, Gran Torino is a great movie about overcoming boundaries and what can happen when we let our guard down a little, even for a crabby old man.

The writing was a little empty and it didn't take a guru to see right through the plot.

This film could've been way better if they would've put more thought on it considering %70 of the film was actually very enjoyable.

Cliche x10000000000000 .

He is compelling, and we have all grown up with this character.

The script is repetitive (yes, we get it, you only eat cats.

You have the über-heroic, one-liner spitting main character, the paperboard psyches of the characters, the predictable plot, the pathos, the grande finale ending (with katharsis of course!

The sequences are engaging and compelling throughout.

He got right all the emotions and Walt's strong and intense personality.

It's also a kind of urban Western update of "The Shootist" in that Clint's character, although it's never specifically stated that he's dying of cancer but heavily implied, picks a fight with the evil local gang in the hope he'll catch a bullet and go out in a blaze of glory rather than succumb to the slow agony of cancer (just like John Wayne did).

The tale is full of heart and you'll leave the theater happy if you aren't one of those boring, elitist types.

I wouldn't call this a masterpiece yet it is a great movie, a little slow paced but entertaining enough.

The cinematography is stunning, much like Clint's Mystic River and Unforgiven.

Having been a fan of Clint Eastwood for many years I was on the edge of my seat when I heard of this film with him in the lead role.

That is all I will say on this movie as anything more will spoil it, but definitely worth the watch.

colossal waste of time and money .

And I had enjoyed it after the first five minutes.

It was very strange, because I think it started very good and funny, but ended up awful and as a cliché.

In conclusion, this film is an enjoyable and worth watching even though the ending sucks.

Comedy and tragedy mix in equal combinations to create one of the most stunning finishes I have ever seen in any movie that even now still lingers even after the movie has been long over.

But a kid which was a neighbor changed his life in an unexpected way.

while i enjoyed it i found it a little disjointed.

It's funny when it needs to be funny, gripping when it needs to grip, and emotional without being overtly emotional.

Total snorefest .

I think that is because it WAS predictable and rather cartoonish.

Gran Torino is a compelling story about Walt Kowalski, a grizzled widower with a proclivity for uttering racial slurs, sipping Pabst Blue Ribbon, and caring for his mint condition 1972 Gran Torino.

This allows Eastwood to galvanize the neighborhood into a merging caring collective which produces an unexpected result.

even with a transformation, he demonstrates that people tend to be reactive--rather than responsive--and are slow to change (this is particularly true with bias, discrimination, and prejudice), and 4.

Maybe it was even that acting that caused the movie to be uninteresting and not to catch my full emotional affection towards the whole situation.

I wanted to like it, but the acting was too stiff, the plot way too predictable, and it fed off of a lot of shallow sterotypes.

It was OK, a little slow paced but entertaining enough.

He doesn't call for mystery, the one time he did was the average but overrated 'Mystic River,' and as you watch his films you are immersed in the heartfelt stories he brings to audiences.

Over the past 5 decades Clint Eastwood has been an icon in film making , creating wonderful, entertaining films mostly with a greater ,deeper message .

The most important thing is the way Walt Kowalski left the message for the poor kid who wants to bring change in his dull life.

However I got around about 5 minutes into this film and I had already been bombarded with stereotypes, the old man hating the younger generation, the Koreans and the supposed hatred of them by the neighbourhood, the young white boy wanting to fit in, the young teenagers bored of their grandparents and 'hating' life, them showing other races as being violent, the nagging and over caring priest and finally the young Korean children getting in trouble to fit in.

"Gran Torino" (the title taking itself from the 1972 vintage automobile that is Walts' prized possession) is compelling every step of the way, with Clint doing extremely well in the colourful lead role.

Bad to mediocre acting and uninspired dialogue left me with a dull scene to scene story, that unwinds predictably.

At times it plays like Lynch's 'Straight Story' with sprinkles of 'Taxi Driver' but the real beauty is in the old fashioned storytelling, something that Clint is a dab hand at, mix that with the modern day context and you have a gripping and enthralling film.

He is one entertaining fellow.

Walt, funny, but too predictable to even care about.

Gran Torino is an unexpected treat—the type of movie that rarely comes along.

In recent months of boring and useless movies, "Gran Torino" was a welcome change of pace.

Or at the least a bit entertaining and well thought out.

Contrivances and trite predictability follow all the way to, and especially at, the end.

It is hard to imagine a duller and more boring film than this one.

The incredibly predictable interaction is just a bunch of awkward cliché lines thrown back and forth between the white guy and the gang.

The ending was jaw dropping and totally unexpected and Eastwood used his own reputation to completely warp your perception of how this movie was going to end.

Walter, a Korea War veteran, thinks he can fight violence with violence, and things only escalate from there to an unpredictable conclusion.

It is just seems so contrived and the theme of racial communication is just shoved in there.

First, nothing happens.

Gran Torino is up there with Clint's very best movies - Dirty Harry, The Good The Bad And The Ugly, Unforgiven, etc. I sat through this movie with a silly grin on my face, laughing at the "Clintisms", growing more and more involved with the story, and being touched at the unexpected ending.

Well it isn't the BEST movie I've seen, but putting it down as the WORST movie?

This is a thoroughly enjoyable movie right up to the end.

GRAN TORINO takes on this ugly issue and works it with such compelling force that just when the audience feels is cannot tolerate any more racial slurs a transformation takes place, opening a window to understanding and perhaps altering the poison of racism's effects on our American Family.

"Gran Torino" is greatly entertaining throughout its runtime.

It does not copy other movies, it is its own and that is why I think I enjoyed it so much.

Some characters are badly drawn (Walt, for example, looks like an ailing Dirty Harry, a repetition of past roles) while others are too stereotypical and predictable (such as the Asian boys band.

Sue, played by the excellent Ahney Her, is probably the most engaging character in the film.

Alongside the story of Walt, the gang and his neighbours is the coming of age tale of the eager young priest (Christopher Carley), and Walt's failing health.

But it was so gripping and intense.

The plot and the message are painfully predictable and hackneyed, and Eastwood's performance, though powerful at times, brings overacting to a whole new level at others.

It's mundane suburban-American setting with a war-time history background gives the movie a firm background.

If you're a fan of good storytelling, well-written dialogue, engaging plot and fine acting then you'd be better off steering clear of this overrated bore.

There are so many cliché and unoriginal moments, its almost perplexing how Eastwood ever went from Million Dollar Baby to this crap.

That is bad for Eastwood, since their characters are supposedly what is melting the stony heart of his character, but it is really difficult to see how these two dull teenagers could possibly accomplish this.

So boring.

but enjoyable nonetheless....

On the other hand, as a whole, the movie is certainly worth watching.