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Strangely compelling in spite of itself, Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino is shot and edited with the veteran director’s usual calm efficiency, but the edges are a lot rougher than usual.  Protagonist excepted, the acting is so stilted that—if this weren’t a Clint Eastwood film—I’d be tempted to write it off as some kind of postmodern artistic choice.  The script holds few surprises aside from how broadly many of the peripheral characters are drawn, and the tone fluctuates wildly, even within the span of individual scenes.  And yet, if you hold any cinematic affection towards Eastwood at all (and you should), it’s hard not to enjoy the film on a basic level, flaws and all.  Hell, if I reach a point in my life where watching Clint Eastwood spit and growl and spout racist epithets doesn’t give me a thrill, I might as well pack it in.  He makes my day.

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Written by Tim

July 25, 2009 at 10:51 am

Posted in Movies

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