Gran Torino is a movie directed by Clint Eastwood and released in 2008. The movie is about an older man, and his life living alone after his wife’s death. His name is Walt, and the character is played by the director Clint Eastwood. In the movie we explore Walt’s relationship with the people around him. One of the most interesting relationships in the movie, is the relationship Walt shares with his family. We learn early on in the movie that Walt and his family view the world in a very different way, a line from one of his sons describe Walt as an old timer, with conservative views. They see Walt as living in the past. It seems like Walt on the other hand, thinks of his family as annoying, and they don’t share the same views. Walt and the rest of his family don’t understand each other.
Another relationship that play out in the movie, is the relationship between Walt and the priest. Before Walt’s wife died, she made the priest promise her that he would make Walt go to confession. Throughout the movie the priest continuous to confront Walt, and tries to make him go to confession. Walt holds back and says he won’t go. In a scene later on in the movie, we hear from Walt that he doesn’t respect the priest, he thinks he is a 28 year old virgin, who holds hands with superstitious old ladies. The relationship continuous to develop throughout the movie, and in heir last scene together they finally see eye to eye, when the priest says that he understands Walt’s anger. Interestingly through Walt’s and the priests relationship, we learn that Walt feels guilt for not knowing his sons as well as he should.
The last relationship I’ll talk about is the relationship between Walt and Thao. Thao is the neighborhood boy, and he is an immigrant. Walt is at first very annoyed by Thao, as well as all the other Mang people living in the neighborhood. As the movie progresses so does Thao’s and Walt’s relationship. They eventually grow to care about each other, as Walt learns that Thao is a boy more in line with his own way of being than his grandchildren for example.
The movie ends with Walt giving his life for the neighborhood, and Thaos family, by freely walking up to the gang that had been harassing them and getting murdered so that the gang would go to jail. His death signifies Walt taking back meaning to his life, and it signifies Walt’s change in opinion towards people. He no longer views the Mang people as a problem, but has now instead learned to care about them. In contrast we can see that Walt at the beginning of the movie, has a problem with almost everyone he meets, he misses his wife, and dislikes the dynamic of his own family. He doesn’t believe in the way things are being done in the more modern world, and it seems like he misses the old days. In the end of the movie, Walt has changed his views, and he doesn’t seem to carry the same anger and regret after the confession with the priest.
In the last scene of the movie, we see Walt’s will being read up to his family and Thao. The family waits in anticipation expecting Walt to give his Gran Torino to is granddaughter. He then surprises his family by giving Thao the car instead. He found a relationship in Thao, that he had lost with his family.