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Gran Torino

Sitting on the porch drinking beer, Walt Kowalski is seen taking care of a most prized possession, a 1972 Ford Gran Torino. This scene sets the stage for a series of events that begin to gradually chip away at an old man’s hard exterior. Throughout this film Walt, a Korean War Veteran and former retired Ford Motor employee, explores the themes of loss, coming to terms, friendship, and ultimately sacrifice and redemption. Set in a Detroit neighborhood, Kowalski has watched his neighborhood change, be replaced by immigrants, and an assortment of other ethnic groups he despises. Walt is a foul mouthed bigoted man, who is often heard muttering or snarling some type of racial epithet. Gran Torino is not light in nature or magnitude. It is a film about one man’s resistance to cultural change, and his ultimate surrender to religious transformation. Gran Torino’s first scene begins with Walt Kowalski just having buried his wife Dorothy. Revealing through this to its audience is the mutual disappointment and intolerances felt by both Walt, and his family towards each other. With his wife recently deceased, and his two sons’ discomfort around their father, Walt is left sitting on the porch drinking beer after cheap beer in the company of his longtime companion Daisy, his yellow Labrador. Walt watches the world around him with a scowl on his face, leaving his audience left to wonder if he too would like to join Dorothy.
Walt’s inevitable involvement with the Hmong neighbors begins while Walt is at the tavern. Keeping the world at bay is what Walt likes to do best; however, that’s not what the world is going to let happen. First, there’s the bothersome priest who pays a visit to Walt’s home fulfilling a promise to Walt’s late wife Dorothy. Dorothy’s dying wish was that Walt would go to confession and make peace with God. While speaking to…...

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