Saturday, January 10, 2009

Gran Torino: Thumbs Up

Where have I been? Rita and I went on a rare date Friday night to see a movie, and man-o-man was I stunned at the price of a ticket. We ordered online, and including the $1 service charge, the tickets were $11 each. Add $5.50 for a medium Coke and $6.75 for a medium popcorn, and all of a sudden paying $15 a month for HBO seems like a steal!

But the movie was worth the price of admission. We saw Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino. Eastwood stars as Walt Kowalski, a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man, who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors, a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Tao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Tao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood.
I give it a thumbs up!

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