Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thursday Night at the Movies - Gran Turino

We always liked Clint Eastwood, especially movies in which he directs himself. In this movie he plays an aging "Dirty Harry" kind of guy. He prowls his neighborhood (emphases on "his" neighborhood) lamenting the changes. The street on which he lives has pretty much been taken over by the Hmong people. At first he pretty much hates them, but when he saves the young man in the household next door from Hmong gang bangers ("Get off my lawn" he sneers looking down the barrel of he Korean War rifle), the family showers him with gifts and unwanted attention. Eventually, he realizes that what threatens them, threatens him, that it is still his neighborhood and he'll do what he has to do to protect it. It is a very grown-up picture. I highly recommend it. I would not take the little kiddies however. It is ultimately a sad story but a story of redemption, and perhaps hope.

One other piece of advice. If you haven't read the graphic novel The Watchman go out and read it today. And then see the movie which opens on March 6th.


Russ said...

You mean the graphic novel "Watchmen" which is only the greatest graphic novel of all time

dayf said...

None of you understand. I'm not locked up in here with you. You're locked up in here with ME.

capewood said...

Yes, I meant Watchmen. Go and see Gran Turino too.