I am not a big movie buff, and I can't wax intelligent about historical significance in films, symbolism behind the scenery, or 99% of the performances nominated for a Golden Globe. I like watching a good movie, and that is about as "Gene Siskel" as I get. But, when I do see one that I like, I spread the word. So, Clint Eastwood, this blog's for you!Mark and I went to Gran Torino tonight. I wasn't totally sure what it was about, and thought it was something similar to Man on Fire from the previews. It looked like an ex-military dude was avenging his neighborhood and ridding it of crime. Let me tell you, that is it in part... but it is so much more. Walt, the main character, is played by Clint Eastwood and I have to say it was about the best performance I have ever seen. He was so angry, wounded, hateful and loving and tender and sympathetic. It was this weird mixture of someone you despise and yet love.
Now in all honestly, I am not going to sit here and say that it wasn't a bit predictable. There are no crazy twists and turns (although the ending is a bit surprising). Its not about wacky subplots or some M. Night Shyamalan "betcha can't guess where I'm going with this one" mystery. Its plot, for me at least, was about life. I don't need the weird wrap up that surprises us all at the end. There is no Sixth Sense "oh wait he was dead all along" business. Its a man and a life and where that life takes him. And the series of events is just... wow. That's all I can say and that's why I am no Gene Siskel (that and because he's dead now). The movie is the perfect mix of humor, wit, heartwarming message and violence. Its a hard combo to do and not make it silly or stupid and Clint acted it, directed it, produced it and even sings the closing song to make it (in a word) fan-FREAKING-tastic.
I really think this is one of the best films I have seen in a long time and I highly recommend it. Seriously, quit reading right now and go see it. I am not even going to say anything else because I expect you all to be shutting down your puters and heading out the door as we speak (or as I type). Its that good.