Clint Eastwood could well be the most prolific filmmaker in Hollywood. He has acted in 67 titles, and directed 36. His acting performances are consistently excellent, notwithstanding his ‘art piece’ at last year’s Republican National Convention. The movies he has directed are more of a mixed bag. Some are exceptional, and some fall short — J. Edgar was a disappointment, for example.
Today I wanted to highlight probably his best film, Gran Torino (2008). As is my general custom, I shall not go into in an in-depth review or analysis — there is enough of that already out there. I just wanted to point out that this is a wonderful film which does all the things that you want from a great movie. A near-masterpiece; 9/10, but right on the cusp of a perfect 10.
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote:
Tough has never been enough for Eastwood. It’s a credit to the film’s twist ending that Walt exorcises his demons without easy violence or bogus redemption. A lifetime in movies runs through this prime vintage Eastwood performance. You can’t take your eyes off him. The no-frills, no-bull Gran Torino made my day.