Gran Torino is a solid enough movie. Did you notice it had some “indie” feel. However the solid performances by the female lead and Clint himself kept it a notch above in acting quality. I cannot say the rest of the cast delivered a thespian tour de force, and the script was occasionally weak. But the movie itself is solid enough that these things can be overlooked.
I found some of the scenes rather slow and others “unfun” enough that I wanted to speed through them at 2X. Yet despite this the plot builds nicely. It was great to see Clint’s character break out his Korean War era weapons to intimidate local gang punks, forcing them to break off their violence. I am sure many of us felt a sense of vicarious justice as we have seen criminal pukes ruin lives.
While ethnic slurs fly like shuriken at ninja school, it is equal opportunity and no groups are spared. Underneath that the story slowly builds real bonds between Clint and his unlikely new friends that turn out to be closer than family. Hopefully this makes you want to tighten your relations with family or if that is not possible build some real ones with others. (Of course here amongst the ice and crystal of the Fortress, human contact is far more limited.)
As the climax approached the movie could have gone in two ways. Clint decided to take the passive route even though the character leaned the other way the entire movie. While not as satisfying it did bring the gang pukes to justice. It did not however give them sufficient comeuppance. Villains getting their full comeuppance is part of what makes drama work and a denouement cathartic.
Part of me sure wanted to see Clint and his new friend storm that gang house and mete out some old school justice Korean War style. Oh well.