Gran Torino – saw it this evening. Theater was packed. A couple of thoughts:
Parts of the film were very good – some of the back and forth between the characters made the audience laugh (appropriately) but too often some of the acting and dialogue was stilted/awful. I understand some of the Asian actors were first-timers, and I thought they were relatively fine, but what about the actors portraying the Kowalski family, and the persistant Father Janovich? Several Clint Eastwood movies suffer from horrible, cringe-worthy supporting cast. Is it Eastwoods famously fast directing style – few takes, etc.?
The other movies that came to mind while watching this, and wondering what it is about some of these supporting characters:
-Bridges of Madison County (the kids of the Meryl Streep character – awful)
-True Crime (almost everyone)
-Million Dollar Baby (some of the boxers – including the hick character)
I don’t go to an Eastwood movie expecting everyone to be Laurence Olivier or Dakota Fanning (ha ha). Mystic River was just fine – over dramatic in some parts, but that fit the film, I suppose.
Gran Torino is stuffed with racial epithets – for dramatic and humorous effect because the main character is supposed to be a (likeable) racist. But in some cases, especially at the bbq Kowalski attends midway through the film, some of the dialogue and word choice came across as unnatural.
Several articles state that Eastwood insisted the script, by Nick Schenk, be left “as is’ except for a few minor tweaks to location. Too bad, because too many scenes suffered from poorly written dialogue, mostly involving the supporting characters telling the audience what the deal is with Kowalski.