Gran Torino Clint Eastwood stars in and directs another great film. Slow paced, growling and mad at the word , Eastwood plays an aging war veteran isolated in his home as the neighbourhood changes around him. With the gangs, the guns and the scum closing in, he decides it is time to take a stand. Heart warming moments of pride, hope and laughter are intermingled with the violence and hatred as Eastwood reluctantly seeks to help out the hard working immigrant family next door. Smashing through stereotypes and ignoring the PC brigade, it builds to the tense stand-off you would expect. A surprising tale of friendship that is nicely directed and well told. I'm a bit surprised that it didn't make much of a splash at the awards season though - perhaps Eastwood just makes too many great films.
8 out of 10
Cert 15.(uk) 2009.