Trailer Watch: Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino

A trailer for Gran Torino has come out, and it looks like a heavy-handed “racism is bad” tale with a bit of a throwback to Eastwood’s Dirty Harry days thrown in. In the film, Eastwood plays “Walt Kowalski, an iron-willed veteran living in a changing world, who is forced by his immigrant neighbors to confront his own long-held prejudices” (synopsis courtesy ComingSoon).

As a thriller, it could be fun, although I’m not really sold on Eastwood as a 78-year-old bad-ass — which isn’t to say he couldn’t kick my ass. (Because details of the plot were kept under wraps, an early rumor suggested that Gran Torino was, in fact, a Dirty Harry movie. It’s not.)

One interesting thing for comics fans to note, in the credits: Jenette Kahn, the former President and Editor-in-Chief of DC Comics, has an Executive Producer credit. Her only other producing credit was for last year’s The Flock, which hit only the Palm Beach International Film Festival before going straight to DVD (although it had proper theatrical releases in other countries, apparently).

Gran Torino will be released on December 17th. Eastwood’s other 2008 release, The Changeling, comes out today.

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Posted on October 24, 2008 at 15:16 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
In: Trailers

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  1. Written by Lethal Interjection
    on 2008-10-25 at 00:58

    Couldn’t be as heavy-handed as Crash. Actually, this one has an actual plot and sympathetic characters. Not just a conglomeration of racist characters and a story that doesn’t really go anywhere.
    Interesting that there are two Eastwood films coming out during Oscar season. If I remember correctly, only twice has the same person been nominated twice for director in the same year. Soderbergh in 2000 (for Traffic and Erin Brockovich) and someone else way back.

  2. Written by Gordon
    on 2008-10-25 at 09:13

    Never saw Crash and never intend to see it (even the positive reviews I’ve heard don’t make it sound appealing), but I know what you mean.

    My “heavy-handed” reaction could just be to the way the trailer is cut: as long as Eastwood doesn’t play up the “grumble grumble Chinese” “hey wanna come over, we have beer” sort of thing and let the story do the talking, it could be fun. That part just felt like the standard “gosh, they’re just like everybody else!” thing.

    And even if it’s a little heavy-handed, I’m not saying it’s gonna suck: I loved Million Dollar Baby, for instance, and that movie is hardly what I’d call subtle. If it looked outright bad, I wouldn’t have posted it.

    As for the Oscars, I don’t think this is Clint’s year: I’d be surprised if Eastwood gets a nod for this (doesn’t seem like the Academy’s bag) and Changeling has been getting mostly good but not enthusiastic reviews (65/100 at Metacritic).

  3. Written by Dan
    on 2008-10-26 at 19:41

    If it weren’t for my Clint infatuation, I would pass on this film.

    What really sucks in the timing. This is about the 4th grizzled-old-military-guy-takes-law-into-his-own-hands movie this year. So, it feels like the idea is particularly worn.

    Anyone see “Red” back in August?

  4. Written by Lethal Interjection
    on 2008-10-29 at 22:22

    No, I agree. Neither looks particularly good in my eyes, and neither of them seem terribly Oscar worthy. But stranger things have happened…

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