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A long-running Irish blog with reviews of the best restaurants in Dublin and throughout Ireland. Some wine and cocktails thrown in for good measure!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Gran Torino

Gran Torino turned out to be my film of the year. I genuinely don't understand how this little beauty failed to pick some accolades. When compared to the 'feel good film of the decade' (Slumdog Millionaire), it's clear to see that it stands head and shoulders above the latter.

Clint Eastwood directs and stars was Walt Kowalski, a grizzled grumpy old man. A Korean war veteran and retired Ford factory worker, he seen his neighbourhood change around him as ethnic minorities, mostly Asian, have moved in. Walt is unapologetically American and racist. Terms like 'gooks' and 'zipperheads' feature in abdundance in the film, but as the story progresses, they change from insults to forms of endearment.

Gran Torino is a great trbiute to Clint Eastwood. Here he mixes up his traditional toughman roles with the more artistic and sensitive work of his later years. A strong streak of humour runs throughout the film. It's a warm human story that touches deeply. It's been quite a while since I enjoyed a trip to the cinema so much.

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