movie – “Gran Torino”

grantorino-dvdJust back from seeing Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino. Unlike me, I somehow had missed reading the reviews for this movie.  I was incredibly moved by it.  “Christianity Today” comments on it this way:

“Eastwood adds an interesting new wrinkle to the themes of mortality, violence, revenge and redemption that have been so prominent in his more recent films.” “Some have said that Gran Torino doesn’t have a happy ending, but the symbolism of what happens points to loving sacrifice and the complete commitment of one’s life for the betterment of others.” “We see a man redeemed from hatred to love for neighbors who steadily and persistently showed him love—even when he continually pushed them away.” “Profound on a number of levels—a commentary on our contemporary zeitgeist but also a timeless story of redemption, sacrifice, and grace. It’s Eastwood working through his own Dirty Harry mythos, atoning for his own cinematic sins in the same way that any of us must reckon with our past as we age and the world changes.” (“Christianity Today” review.)

The “redemption, sacrifice, and grace” themes, along with the strong theme of “community” were strongly in evidence for me.

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