Blu ray screencaps from Gran Torino.
When this film was originally announced many thought it would be a sixth and final Dirty Harry film, as it turns out the character Clint plays in Gran Torino, Walt Kowalski, shares similarities with "Dirty" Harry Callahan but has a much softer side.
Walt is a veteran of the Korean war whose wife has just passed away, his neighbourhood has changed and is now mostly Asian, Walt dislikes his neighbours and there is an incident where the neighbours young son Thao tries to steal Walt's Gran Torino car.
Thao is made to pay for his crime by doing tasks around the neighbourhood under the supervision of Walt, slowly a bond forms between Walt and his neighbours but there is trouble with a local gang.
It's good to see Clint Eastwood back onscreen, he not only stars in this film but also produced, directed and sings part of the end title song, now that's a lot of work. I felt this was a very good and enjoyable movie.
I'm glad they chose not to go down the predictable path which i thought was coming near the end, instead they chose to be more subtle and i think it shows maturity on Eastwood's part that he chose to end the film the way he did, i will of course not spoil the film by revealing anymore but it's well played out. Eastwood shoots his films quick and usually under budget.
I have read reviews stating the Hmong actors acted poorly in this film, i disagree, they played their parts as asked of them, especially Ahney Her and Bee Vang who play the parts of Sue and Thao, i thought they were superb in this film.
The Hmong live in the mountainous regions of Vietnam as well as Thailand, Burma and Southern China. They helped the USA fight the Vietcong during the Vietnam war and much like the British Gurkha deserve recognition and a place thay can call home.
The image quality on this disc is good, i saw no compression artifacts or any edge enhancement issues, it looked natural and not processed and i think it's representative of the cinema look of the movie. I wasn't that pleased with aspects of the cinematography, i felt they didn't use the whole of the frame and some of the composition seemed to be playing it safe for 1.78:1 screens.
As far as the sound mix goes i felt it was front heavy, not much use of the rear surrounds other than for ambience, the subwoofer really didn't have much to do and only seemed to come into play to aid the music score. This isn't a mix for showing off your sound system.
View blu ray screencaps of Gran Torino below.