He initially uses violence against a Hmong gang member, that eventually results in this gang using rape and shooting in retaliation. Father Janovich: Walt , and struggles with his answer Well. He is a retiree who formerly worked at a automobile plant, and he owns a Gran Torino he had personally built. Gran Torino works because, in the end, we not only sympathize with Walt, but we see that he is a genuinely good man. You people are, as Walt Kowalski might say, a bunch of jabbering dimwits. The character belongs on the comic pages, in a cartoon. He takes out a cigarette from his jacket, puts it in his mouth, asks the gang for a light, and then slowly reaches into his jacket before pulling his hand out quickly.
I did laugh at some of those comment but not because they were racist, it was how he said them. He turns up unarmed, and creates a ruckus so people will watch his murder. Perhaps he felt the Americans owed more to the Hmong for what the faithful Hmong had done for the Americans in combat considering what happened to thousands of Hmong who lost their lives after the United States abandoned them. Youre right about the V — I saw my mistake after posting. Otherwise, he just sits and mumbles about them to himself.
You don't want that on your soul. The recent death of his wife is no help when it comes to pacifying his demons. So, Walt no doubt gave his life for these Hmong and this Hmong family so they could live unintimidated. . Not only was the acting mediocre, but the stereotypes were so blatant. They also built the white house and the capitol ….
His real act of bravery is realizing he is a , and the conflict is not solved by his acts of violence but with a that invokes. The whole point of the movie is that Walt realizes the people who he has being directing racial slurs all his life are , that his experience as a soldier , and that he is a. The Gran Torino is muscular with angled lines; its front end has quad headlamps with two headlights on each side surrounded by 1961-1963 Ford Thunderbird style chrome bezels. Walt's intervention has a price, however, when the gang shoots up Thao's house and attack his sister Sue. Famous Quotes organized by author or category for your pleasure and convenience. It's more like, out of the frying pan and into the melting pot.
When a Hispanic gang confronts Thao, the Hmong gang, led by Thao's older cousin Spider Doua Moua , helps Thao by frightening the Hispanic gang and forcing them to flee. And also the decline and selling of the American infrastructure the American Dream? In the one scene in which three young African American men do appear, they are quite predictably cast as thugs, harassing the perky Sue Lor whose hapless white boyfriend is useless at diffusing the tense situation or protecting her. And about stereotyping white people, Obama did get the white vote. When the neighborhood hears of Walt's brave act, they reward him by leaving on his porch gifts of Hmong dishes and garden plants. As a result, Spider's gang is arrested for murdering an unarmed old white war hero. He appreciates a good American car more than most.
What with one thing and another, his life becomes strangely linked with these people, although Sue has to explain that the Hmong are mountain people from Laos who were U. As his teen-aged neighbors' unofficial protector, Walt has to figure out how best to restore his sense of right in the neighborhood. Dwight Longenecker is Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative. Best styling year of this generation Torino: pre Fed bumpers and ugly grille changes. Possibly meant as a as well. However, he is surprised by the old man and his traditional family feels ashamed with the incident.
Eastwood hammers home his message in homage to Jesus near the end. The problem is that if being a cowboy is a virtue, then being intellectual instead of shooting from the hip is seen as weak. For dishonoring his family, Thao's mother asks Walt to accept Thao's help in doing chores around his house, which leads to an. But I got blood on my hands. Eastwood directed and a character he suggested would be his last acting role.
Gradually, however, he realizes he has more in common with his neighbors than his own family and becomes something of a neighborhood hero when he prevents the gangbangers from forcing Thao into their car. The most apparent incident is when Walt tries to reach out to his son when he gets his test results back revealing that he has some fatal illness or disease of some sort. Eastwood plays the character as a man bursting with energy, most of which he uses to hold himself in. However, after she is beaten and gang-raped in order to motivate Walt's , that's it for her agency, and even dialogue, for the rest of the film. When his teenager neighbor Thao Vang Lor is pressed by his cousin Smokie to join his Hmong gang, he is assigned to steal the Gran Torino of Walt as part of his initiation in the gang.