Gran Torino

Gran Torino is a film starring Clint Eastwood as the main protagonist Walt Kowalski, as well as him being the director of the film. It was released in 2008 and brings up many important themes and issues such as racism, the meaning of family, life, and death and redemption in a riveting manner. Walt Kowalski is a grumpy, old man trying to live his life alone. But as certain events happen, Walt develops through the film and ends as a vastly different person.

At the start of the film, Mr. Kowalski is grumpy, sad and would love to be left alone. Mostly because his wife just passed away. With this attitude, Walt pushed away everyone with the tool of racism and inappropriate nicknames. An excellent example of this is when he called Thao´s brother and gang, “rice niggers”. Other instances he called an Irish man such names as “Mick” and “Paddy”. But as the film moves on, Walt gets a revelation from a Chinese shaman, and from this day on he vastly improves and actually try to befriend people.

Another example of Walts change is with his relation to the Catholic priest. At the start, Walt couldn´t abide the priest, and he was both mean and incredibly racist. Even though he just wanted to help Walt through his grieves. But, later in the film, Walt starts to accept the priest for who he is and at the end, he even makes a confession. Walt even allowed him to call him by his first name, which he only allows close friends.

As we see, Walt is a truly dynamic character in the film Gran Torino. He starts as an old, grumpy man, but ends up as a caring and helpful person. Of course, there are others in the film that changes but in my mind Walt Kowalski went through the biggest change.


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