Clint Eastwood and his Gran Torino


Clint Eastwood
不知道大家看了这部电影吗?

Gran Torino Trailer

我看了这部电影后,感触很深,对 Clint Eastwood 有更崇高的尊敬。如果你们看了预告片,可能会觉得电影的主题很沉重。种族歧视,帮派斗争,围绕着一个寂寞,气愤的老人,世界的问题已经够烦了,还要看这样的电影来消遣啊?这部电影确实让我哭笑不得。它的奥妙在于电影拍摄得细腻却不失节奏。Clint Eastwood 导演并不会浪费时间把他的人物内心的痛慢慢的表现出来,而是点到为止。但这样的呈现方法还是非常有感染力,也让结局更悲哀。人物的言行举止,小动作,镜头的拍摄,让大家充分的了解这位人物,话不需要很多,但还是能认识他。让我十分敬佩的是Clint Eastwood 能把听起来很“废话”的台词演绎得那么的贴切和逼真。表面上好像不可能从一个对世界有这么多怨恨的老人家口中说出的话,由他说竟然不会让我觉得别扭。我想这是演员都应该练成的功力。不是没个剧本都会有完美的台词,但这应该就是有功力的演员和没经验的演员的不同。或许正是因为一些话很出乎预料,所以为人物制造了另一种性格的特点。

这部电影看完之后,感觉Clint Eastwood 所饰演的 Walt Kowalski是一个我认识的朋友,感觉好像真的参与了他人生的那短短的一部分,非常扣人也让我在落幕后,哭了许久,一直无法抽离。就连晚上也做了梦。

这部电影是那么的有影响力。希望大家会支持 Clint Eastwood 的这部作品。

Gran Torino is probably the best movie I’ve watched in the past couple of months.

Directed by Clint Eastwood, the movie seems to contain very dark and heavy themes of racism and gang activity set in a messed-up neighbourhood, centred around an old, grouchy man. Not exactly the kind of movie to take the mind off the many problems facing the world right now. But you’d be surprised that there are a few laughs in the movie.

Clint Eastwood is so convincing as Walt Kowalski (a Korean War veteran), that he makes the most ridiculous dialogue ring with depth. Pain is written all over his face and immediately you know this is a man who’s seen death, who’s gone through life tough and lonely. Every step he takes seem to ache with old injury, and you could almost feel it through the ankles to his lower back. And yet he displays incredible grit and strength in the face of young terror, pointing his make-belief gun at the kids holding real guns and throwing them off with the ridiculous gesture, when really he would be easily outnumbered in a fist-fight. Director Clint Eastwood wasted no time in milking poignant moments, allowing just one tear to be shed while his face was half hidden in shadow. It was enough. He tells stories by building characters, not through the dialogue nor the action. Every prop was placed for a reason, a reason that furthers the story, that forms the character’s inner feelings, thoughts and behaviour. It isn’t there just to provide foreground or create visual depth. It speaks of the characters and it tells their story.

The plot is enriching, and the main characters go through a journey, be it redemption, enlightenment or character building. It tells of the irony of life, that nothing is forever. Prejudices formed could change, allies become enemies, fear becomes strength. Death is never far away.

By the end of the movie, Walt was almost like the friend I knew, whose wife died before he did and whose experience in Korea made him the man he was — angry, jaded and distrusting. I saw his walls crumble slowly, I saw the glint in his eye when he made friends and taught the boy how to be a man, brought him shopping for tools on his first job and offered to lend him his prized Gran Torino to bring the girl out on a date. I saw the fire in his eyes when he knew the people he cared about were bullied, I saw weakness when his heart ached. The true strength and sacrifice he displayed in the face of danger arose from the need to protect the people who trusted him.

I cried and mourned way after the movie ended, because his spirit was so real, I felt a part of me left when the credits rolled.

Watch it and you’ll know what I mean.

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36 responses to “Clint Eastwood and his Gran Torino

  1. hello! hehe. takes cares! smile always! =)

  2. O-zaki Simizutoro

    Hi Joanne, i will called 50 time for your number in the star search 2009.

  3. wow ! i can’t summery it out as i watched this.. maybe it’s because of lost of words ? well, my english’s not as good as yours . will read more books ((:

  4. wow…yr English is so gud….
    And is tis movie is going to come out soon???

  5. Hi Joanne,
    really enjoy myself yst…hope to have more of these event.

    Rdgs,

  6. hi jo…yep..ive watched this movie…nice & touching but find it abit too dry thou. the special friendship built was simply awesome…and how he ‘sacrificed’ himself towards the end for his young frens…

    try watching ‘departures’ if u havent…its also a very nice movie, sad ending thou. prepare more tissues….

  7. ermm…O-zaki Simizutoro,wad do u mean by ‘ i will called’…??!!lols…ok nvm..anyways:

    Dear Joanne!!
    hav not been commenting for weeks..miss ya soo much..firstly wad has been happening for the past few weeks was that my computer broke down for no reasons…it just broke down everytime when i log on to MSN..this has really irritated me as my school project was not done & errmm..secondly there were few tests like maths, literature, geog and history..class tests but they are like (20%)..this few weeks have not been to good for me..but i’m now ok 🙂 my computer has been fixed and there’d be hardly any tests till May! yeahs =]

    Anyway Princess Joanne, how have your weeks been???good?hope so…i miss you soo much my princess..i’ve got a copy of the i-weekly with you on the cover page hahas..you’re soo sexy…i took long time to finish reading what they had written in it about u..how long did you take to go through the interview..it must be a long time rite??u’re soo pretty,anyway how did u manage to wear the blanket-kind dress??sorry i seriously dunno how do u call that blanket-kind dress…and errmm…joanne, do u know anyways of doing the gymnastics splits and straddles?cuz my teacher has been teaching us to do that but i dunno how..that has really been troubling me for weeks..hope to hear from u ASAP! thx..i love u joanne..may u hav a wonderful week!

    love,
    viviane.

  8. esther has been good!wah!viviane (whoever u are)..u write soo long!ur eng v.gd but it’s not as that gd as joanne’s!

  9. dear joanne,

    can u come to my church and attend the easter party?

    love,
    gillian

  10. hi joanne i ❤ u

  11. hi joanne ,
    哈哈,大家都是用英文留言呀!!!
    我来自中国不会讲英文,呵呵。就用中文吧。我很喜欢看你演的电视剧《小娘惹》非常好看,记的我第一次看你演的电视剧是在中国播出的《家财万贯》希望你今后有更多更好的作品出现在银幕上,加油~~

  12. I immediately went to watch Gran Torino after I read about it here. I must say you did a really good review of it.

    Since you liked this, I figure you may take an interest in ‘Milk’ too. A rather intense movie – it follows Harvey Milk during his time in American politics – but will be well worth your time I feel.

    -Ter

  13. Hi! Joanne

    Clint Eastwood is good movie! U enjoy watching different DVDs!
    I don’t watch any DVD movies and didn’t go outing for a movie long time cos I’m mother and have to pay attend on my son.

    Your birthday’s number is lucky from 1st prize “2683” of 4D last Sunday. Haha.. I didn’t
    buy..

    Enjoy yourself and take care!

    Regards,
    Rose

  14. O….I see..i will watch it!!

    Support u oways!!

  15. don’t feel sad ok?

  16. happy (belated) burfdae joanne:DD

  17. hey Joanne. thanks for taking the effort to post in English! makes it so much easier to read your posts:) just curious, do you enjoy watching movies too? i hope you’ll reply to this, haha

  18. Hi,
    I never knew Gran Torino was a car till I see this movie.

    Rgds,

  19. Hi Joanne
    我是来自中国的,很高兴能找到你的博客,呵呵。以前在网络上都找不到,今天终于被我找到了。记的在中国第一次看你演的戏是《家财万贯》你在戏里饰演Boy给我留下深刻的影响,现在我很喜欢看你演的戏,不过都是在网络上看的,希望你以后拍的戏能多一些的在中国的电视台播出就好了,呵呵。
    我支持你噢 加油!!!!

  20. Heyy Joanne

    I sincerely hope to read a book written by you ..some day….I like the way you expressed your thoughts. There is like this hidden ounces of impact in every word you choose..especially in those reviews you make and the entries in your Circus of Joy blog.

    I also make my little sister read your blog regulary to improve her English..me too …haha…

    Jia you. The Star Award is like on the 26th..a day in my exam week…but i shall take a glimpse of it and watch you get an award…. or two!!!!!!!

    Btw the recent rumour about you..I think the press is really naive…I also have the same experience..the “Upsized Effect” during my periods too.

    Love Ya…Keep on improving. =)

  21. 今晚,打开你的博客,看见你给我的留言真的好开心啊。今晚一定能睡个好觉,呵呵。

  22. greetings from thailand…how’s the emial i send u, does it help u get save the bg ? anw, if still unclear explain to u again whn i get back okie..miss ya =)

    • Hey Rina,

      Thanks, i am swamped with work I haven’t got time to spare online. 😦
      I’ll try it when I have time. Have fun wherever u are and be safe.

      Love,
      Joanne

  23. hi joanne,

    i’m the new viewer in ur blog and i come from malaysia

    i love ur’s every drama and ur’s acting
    especially in little nyoya

    u r great when i saw ur eng r good and excellent

    actually i’m not a new viewer already

    i hv saw ur blog before and just never comment

    this’s the first time i make the comment

    i feel so admire u can said influently in eng and also hv a good writing in eng

    can i ask u ? how too improve the eng till able to said influently all the time and hv a good writing?

    hope u’ll not mad that i ask the question like that

    • Dear Elin,

      I try to read as much as I can, and I have always had a flair for the languages in school, so I think it could be due to that. My Math and Science were terrible!
      I know people who read the dictionaries to learn new words and make it a point to use the new vocabulary as much as possible. Try to write more (maybe blogs, diaries) and pay attention to grammar/syntax when you do. It doesn’t have to be a long essay, start with something short and manageable and slowly work your way through.

      Hope this helps.

      Love,
      Joanne

  24. hi joanne,
    yup,u r right.Most of singaporean the eng is good,because they use eng all the time.
    Thx ur advise and i’ll put more effort in my eng and try my best to write some short essay include diary.
    i know this’s will be the hard process to me that i wanna through it,but i’ll not giving up easily.I’ll practise myself more and more time,done more and more exercise,learn and use more and more vocabulary and courage to said more and more influently eng till i was sucessful.
    Haha…is it a joke? u said ur math and science are terrible? i wont belive it actually,u not like that~u seem like a smart girl in school.Anyway,really thankful to you for telling me some’tenicque’of learning eng.U really is a kind and friendly artist to me that i never ever know.Hope ur new drama will hv a good 收视.I dont know the 收视 in eng,sry~

    Keep in touch
    Keep pretty
    Keep healthy
    Keep cute

    ur love fans~
    elin

  25. haha..don stress urself out yeah..take care..now i’m at different part of thailand n it’s raining here =( …

  26. wad was ur o-levels aggregate??u must hav done very well rite?! u got into VJC leh..my god!

  27. Hi,Joanne. I am your new viewer in your blog. Get to know yr birthday is on the 25 april, which is the same as mine. I am very happy that my birthday is same as your. I love your acting, is great. jia you. Must take care=)

  28. I believe Joanne got B and C for Maths and Science and get A for Humanities and Languages.

    She study in Arts stream in VJC.

    She is the living example that people who got average grad in Maths and Science , still can do well in A levels and eventually got a place in NTU and study Mass Communication.

    During her undergrad days, she juggle between her studies and part time acting career.

    She is honoured by NTU for her success in career.

    Everyone, you can learn from her. Even if you got average grade in Maths and Science, try to do well in Humanities and Languages and you can get a place in universities.

  29. Hi Joanne ,
    How r u 2day? I had a bad day, the very first day in the morning I m asked Y I issue a chq w/o authorised signature!

  30. Clint himself did indeed ‘fought’ in the korea war, or rather was draughted into the army during the time, so I guess that makes it easier for him to take on this role. Nonetheless, it’s a good movie

    Some other facts: It is one of the top ten films in AFI 2008…
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Film_Institute_Awards_2008

    Other movies I like to recommend:
    In America
    October Sky
    Freedom writers
    Reign over me

  31. O-zaki Simizutoro

    To all Joanne Fans, Please Call the Joanne Number on the Star Search 2009 which held on the 26/04/2009 @ 7 pm On Channel 8.
    Please Call as many time as you can>>>

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