My wife and I saw the movie Gran Torino last night. Without spoiling the movie, here is what I thought:
Gran Torino was very well done, and probably the best movie I've seen in a while. Although it may not be Oscar caliber, it does have many good qualities that could make it a contender. I highly recommend seeing it, as long as you are not easily offended.
It is a very powerful movie, and has many underlying meaningful life lessons. Clint Eastwood does a brilliant job playing the main character, who is a vulgar grouchy old man hardened from the Korean War. In his ripe old age of 78, Clint Eastwood looks pretty old, and probably doesn't have many movies left in his acting career. His character in Gran Torino summarizes most of his casting rolls over the years, and would be a perfect final movie to ride off into the sunset. Clint Eastwood could use the success of Gran Torino to retire from acting, and focus full time on directing.
This movie definitely caters to an older crowd. It depicts a excellent portrait of today's youth and their lack of respect for adults. It also shows traditional morals, and touches on the acceptance of other cultures. The dialogue in the movie is a bit over the top and should be taken with a grain of salt. There is also a slight spiritual angle to the movie with the regular interaction between the main character and his priest. This ads another subtle layer to make the movie that much more in depth.