If you are ever at a loss for a derogatory term for italians, asians, hispanics or blacks, just watch Gran Torino. I can't remember seeing another movie packed with more racial slurs than this one.Not to say it's a terrible movie. The language and "political incorrectness" serves the point of the movie. My biggest problem with this movie is that it's like watching Al Pacinio on Sesame Street. A great actor surrounded by puppets. This is classic Clint, squinting and growling, but he is surrounded by a cast of pretty poor performers. I don't now if it's a cutural thing or what, but all of the asian actors seemed very wooden. I think of the last Eastwood blockbuster, Million Dollar Baby, and remember how the incredible ensemble of Morgan Freeman and Hillary Swank and the entire cast made that a great movie. In Gran Torino, Eastwood is pretty much on his own. Even then, He does a pretty good job of carrying the rest of the cast.
The story is unique, the acting is great.But let's be clear. This is NOT a love story. This is a story about a man's selfish desires to live his life on his terms regardless of those around him. He has no problem sharing his bed with whores and married women. And when he finally does connect with the "love of his life" and finds out she's having his baby, he runs off to go backpacking through India becasue he thinks it's best for everyone.And in the end when he has no where else to run, he comes back to the family that he abandoned so that they can take care of him.The fact that people try and pass this movie off as a story of love and devotion is astonishing to me.