Friday Night Flicks Presents: Gran Torino
Friday, June 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room
Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino was quietly rolled out at Christmas 2008, whereupon it proceeded to blow away all the Oscar-bait behemoths at the box office and win its 78-year-old star the best reviews of his acting career. Eastwood plays a disgruntled Korean War vet, Walt Kowalski, who sets out to reform his neighbor, a young Hmong teenager, who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: his 1972 Gran Torino. Both film and performance are consummately sly--coming on with deceptive simplicity, only to evolve into something complex, powerful, and surprisingly tender. Just as Unforgiven was a tragic reflection on Eastwood's legacy in the Western genre, Gran Torino caps and eloquently critiques the urban heritage of Dirty Harry and his violent brethren. And on top of that, the movie becomes a savvy meditation on America in a particular historical moment, racially, economically, spiritually. Call it a "state of the union" message. But call it that with a wry grin. This is a remarkable movie.
Refreshments will be served. No reservations required. Rated: R