Essay on Gran Torino
The smash-hit at the box office, Gran Torino (2008) exposes and defends against ageism conventions although many believe the underlying themes are those of racism, bigotry and
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Priest does not have the necessary skill set to assist him in his own journey however as the movie progresses, we see his perspective alter in regards to the priest.
In the beginning, we see signs of physical aging, but as the movie evolves, we see
Walt did have the right stuff. When Thao or “Toad” as Walt calls him, must steal Walt’s pride and joy, “The Gran Torino”, we see Walt’s vulnerable side. Physical signs of aging include a decline in flexibility and endurance and we see this in Walt’s encounter with Thao in the garage.
In contrast, with the chance meeting with Sue, his heroism, powerful strength and persona is valued. His character is no longer seen as a feeble old man.
“As an initiation, Thao is asked to steal Walt’s prized 1972 Ford Gran Torino. He botches the attempt, as Walt, rather stumblingly, chases him out of his garage with his M1 rifle. Later, Thao’s sister, Sue (Ahney Her) is set upon by some stereotypically predatory young black man and Walt, brandishing a pistol,