Gran Torino Analysis

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Gran Torino Film Analysis The film, Gran Torino, crosses so many lines in man’s inhumanity to man. The movie depicts realities for a variety of people and brings out truths that we are still faced with and forced to find ways to reconcile peacefully, or continue to experience worse consequences. This movie does express some hope for barriers to be absolved. I hope that somewhere, this resembles someone’s true story. Of the several cultural conflicts, the one scene that sticks out is Walt’s accepting the invitation to the Hmong barbeque next door was a demonstration of differences in cultures. His gesture in putting his hand on a child’s head was an unacceptable act within the Hmong, as they believe the soul resides on their head and is not …show more content…
There was the scene where Walt went down to collect chairs from the basement to bring up to the guests for his deceased wife’s gathering. My mind was telling me that they should automatically move to offer help. Besides the act of invading his personal things, they sat oblivious to the gesture of help. I loved the contrast between Thoa’s insistence on taking the greater weight of freezer upstairs and Walt’s American grandchildren who did not appear to have those qualities taught. The parents urging the granddaughter to offer help, shows that their generation knows those acts of service and courtesy, but have not embedded it into their offspring. Walt’s rejection of help speaks to a generation that is intolerant of anything other than his own beliefs and behaviors. “Interpersonal conflicts can also be intergenerational,” says Martin (2013, p. 230). A study done on Intergenerational Conflicts in Everyday Life discusses how the elderly become “aggressive victims” through the perceived forms in which young people fail to show respect. They are publicly appealing to the norms they feel the youth should comply with (Smol 'kin, 2011, p. 38, …show more content…
He was trying to emulate part of the black male culture, using the word, “bro,” which was offensive rather than received. This pop culture behavior is not only street-wise behavior; there is a look and language that has been cultivated for years that overlap socioeconomics. I would also consider Walt’s granddaughter to be exhibiting part of pop culture that has plunged into piercings, tattoos, revealing clothing and make-up. Although she did not show tattoos or excessive make-up, in Walt’s eyes, his granddaughter was inappropriately dressed for her grandmother’s funeral. This is a pop culture movement in the form of self-expression that has gained a huge amount of momentum in the last decade. Both of these instances can be translated as modern popular culture as it has been transmitted via mass media and aimed particularly at younger people ("define pop culture - Google Search,"

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