Film Analysis-Gran Torino

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Film Analysis – Grand Torino
To give a bit of an overview, the movie “Gran Torino” was directed and produced by Clint Eastwood who also starred in the movie. This movie highlights the modern conditions surrounding many aspects of intercultural communications. Clint Eastwood plays Walt Kowolski whose wife just died and who is a Korean War veteran. He has a difficult time getting along with people do not hold the same views or values that he does. He lives in an era that he doesn’t understand and lives close to many Hmong immigrants and in a neighborhood with a lot of violence and gangs.
Since his wife died he has no other option but to communicate with the people around him (neighbors mostly). As the book says this is considered his
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Thao struggles to develop his identity because he isn’t really considered the man of the house yet and he refuses to join a gang which has become the new role of boys in the Hmong culture living in the United States.
Throughout the movie we see Walt having problems with the younger generations as well. During Walt’s wife’s funeral Walt see’s the way his granddaughter is dressed and instantly disapproves with a grunt of frustration. This is a pop culture reference and it helps us show how Walt is disconnected with those elements of culture he doesn’t agree with and shows us more internal conflict with Walt.
We also see a pop culture reference with Walt and his son through interpersonal conflict. In a scene at the funeral, his son Mitch and his family, leave in a hurry. The reason being is that the car they were driving was made in Japan. Walt did not appreciate this at all. The generation below him does not consider where the car was made but rather what kind of status the car will give them. This clearly bothers Walt because to him it is like running away from the battle.
The conclusion was fitting as the meaningful ending to the movie and Walt’s life and was one that our culture don’t always seem to appreciate in the real world.
When Thao’s older sister was shot and killed by a