Essay about Movie Review : Gran Torino

1407 Words Sep 25th, 2016 6 Pages
Gran Torino made its way onto the big screen in 2009. The main character, Walt, is a racist man who is not in favor of his neighborhood being replaced with people of other races. Being a veteran of the Korean War it bothers him having a lot of Asians moving into his neighborhood. His views of the other race begin to slowly change as he develops an unlikely friendship with the teens next door. This friendship is what turned him from an old grumpy racist into the neighborhood hero. This movie was made to give light to racial prejudice and the ability of overcoming racism. This paper will analyze the movie’s use of racism, stereotyping, discrimination, masculinity, and ethnocentrism as well as show how it ties into the book The Color Of Justice: Race Ethnicity, and Crime in America.
Clint Eastwood stars as Walt Kowalski, a retired Ford factory worker and Korean War veteran who isn’t too fond of his new neighbors. He is portrayed as an ethnocentric individual and he expresses it overtly. Ethnocentrism is the belief that one 's own culture is superior to all others and is the standard by which all other cultures should be measured. Walt’s neighborhood was formally populated of the working-class white families, but now it was becoming filled with poor Asian immigrants. When the Hmong family moves in he refers to them as gooks, barbarians, zipper heads, and swamp rats. At this point he still doesn’t know Sue and Thao on a personal level, so he was judging them from a distance.…

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