“Get off my lawn!” scowls Eastwood’s character sometime in the movie “Gran Torino”. Of course if an old, skinny guy said that to you, you’d probably just snicker at him and then walk off … slowly, just to rub it in. But when that old, skinny guy has a military rifle aimed at your head while he’s scowling those words, I think it’s time to run. You also gotta think that having that line in the movie was on purpose, and not just the result of cliche screenwriting. Then again, this trailer for “Gran Torino” doesn’t look very cliche to me. I think it kinda rocks, actually. Eastwood looks like he’s gearing us for a second “Million Dollar Baby”, and I absolutely loved the crap out of that movie.
Walt Kowalski is a widower, grumpy, tough-minded, borderline-hateful, unhappy old man who can’t get along with either his kids or his neighbors, a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1973 Gran Torino he keeps in cherry condition. When his neighbor Tao, a young Hmong teenager, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Tao’s family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them form the gangs that foul their neighborhood.
Get the hell off Eastwood’s lawn December 17, 2008.