A Review of Gran Torino as an Enjoyable Piece of Trash

How could a movie be complete trash but at the same time an enjoyable one? Pauline

Kael is known for her way of criticizing American films. She writes about the different characteristics that makes films complete trash or even enjoyable trash. Gran Torino is a film about a Korean War vet, Walt, who tried to protect a Hmong teenager from street gang members. While doing this, Walt got very close to the Hmong family as if they were his own. Knowing that the gang members would never be defeated, Walt gave his life to put them in jail so Thao could live his life. Due to characters, cinematography, and theme, Gran Torino is and enjoyable piece of trash.

The use of Characters throughout the film keeps the audience engaged and makes this film a piece of enjoyable trash. Eastwood uses each character in very clever ways. “We know, and we often know much more about both the actors and the characters they’re impersonating and about how and why the movie has been made than are consistent with theatrical illusion” (Kael??). In Gran Torino, this is demonstrated when the audience thinks Walt is this mean vet who does not get along with anyone. Then at the end of the movie he end up losing his life for another. Not only making the grumpy old man the hero, Eastwood also downplays another main character till the very end. Eastwood ?????? Thao as a shy very reserved Hmong teenager. In the end, Thao becomes Walt’s best friend and is the reason Walt gave up his life.

In addition, the lighting in the Gran Torino can really catch the audience’s attention. Even though the lighting is not too creative nor is the movement of the camera, it does give the audience an idea of what is taking place. The lighting is not very original but it clearly captures the main events. In the film when the lighting is very dark and gloomy the audience can expect something bad to happen. For example, when Walt dies it is not out on a sunny day, instead, it is

a dark night with barely any lights out. Also, in the film when it is bright and colorful it is usually

just a normal daily activity going on. For example when the lighting is bright Walt is usually doing house work or just admiring his day. In addition, the camerawork is nothing of originality but it moves the movie along acknowledging the main ideas. For example, when the movie starts out, the audience knows that Walt’s wife had died but nothing more. This is a part where Eastwood just moves the camera along so that this event goes with the rest of the film. Also, when Walt finds out he is ill Eastwood does not elaborate on the scene instead he creates suspense and goes forth with the cameras.

With Eastwood leaving things out, he still manages to covey one of the best themes. A theme can go many directions in a film but a good one can make complete trash enjoyable. With a theme that will hit a range of audience makes a good film. “When you’re at a movie, you don’t have to believe in it to enjoy it but you do have to be interested.” (??). This quote shows how the movie can be trash but as long as something keeps the audience entertained it can be enjoyable. Walt shows the audience that life is way too short to sit back and watch. He shows this by giving up his life for Thao and taking the gangs off the streets. Theme not only makes a film great but it gets the audience thinking about their life. When Walt begins to take his neighbors under his wing it makes the audience think that maybe they can help someone weaker than them. Another example would be when Walt knows the only way to end Thao suffering is to risk his life and take the gang off the streets. This hits all ages because it makes the audience think how they could do such a heroic act to save another’s life.

Therefore, the characters, cinematography, and theme are the reason why Eastwood’s film is an enjoyable piece of trash. Without the clever use of the main characters Eastwood would have had normal every day actors. The camera work was not original in this film but the

lighting and movement helped capture the main events. Lastly, the film was made enjoyable

because it conveyed a strong theme. In the end, when a movie seems like complete trash it can

turn out to be an enjoyable movie due to certain factors.


Calculate the price
Make an order in advance and get the best price
Pages (550 words)
*Price with a welcome 15% discount applied.
Pro tip: If you want to save more money and pay the lowest price, you need to set a more extended deadline.
We know how difficult it is to be a student these days. That's why our prices are one of the most affordable on the market, and there are no hidden fees.

Instead, we offer bonuses, discounts, and free services to make your experience outstanding.
How it works
Receive a 100% original paper that will pass Turnitin from a top essay writing service
step 1
Upload your instructions
Fill out the order form and provide paper details. You can even attach screenshots or add additional instructions later. If something is not clear or missing, the writer will contact you for clarification.
Pro service tips
How to get the most out of your experience with MyhomeworkGeeks
One writer throughout the entire course
If you like the writer, you can hire them again. Just copy & paste their ID on the order form ("Preferred Writer's ID" field). This way, your vocabulary will be uniform, and the writer will be aware of your needs.
The same paper from different writers
You can order essay or any other work from two different writers to choose the best one or give another version to a friend. This can be done through the add-on "Same paper from another writer."
Copy of sources used by the writer
Our college essay writers work with ScienceDirect and other databases. They can send you articles or materials used in PDF or through screenshots. Just tick the "Copy of sources" field on the order form.
See why 20k+ students have chosen us as their sole writing assistance provider
Check out the latest reviews and opinions submitted by real customers worldwide and make an informed decision.
Customer 452591, March 18th, 2021
Business and administrative studies
excellent, got a 100
Customer 452773, May 17th, 2023
Business Studies
Thank you very much for a good job done and a quick turn around time.
Customer 452615, March 31st, 2021
Thank you for your hard work and help.
Customer 452773, February 13th, 2023
thank you so much
Customer 452749, June 10th, 2021
Social Work and Human Services
Great work I would love to continue working with this writer thought out the 11 week course.
Customer 452667, May 30th, 2021
Leadership Studies
excellent job
Customer 452773, August 3rd, 2023
Business and administrative studies
excellent job!
Customer 452773, May 25th, 2023
Business and administrative studies
Thank you for your hard work
Customer 452773, October 19th, 2023
Business and administrative studies
Thank you for your hard work and effort. Made a 96 out of 125 points Lacked information from the rubic
Customer 452773, October 27th, 2023
Business and administrative studies
Excellent job
Customer 452773, March 17th, 2023
Business and administrative studies
great job as always
Customer 452773, February 26th, 2023
Customer reviews in total
Current satisfaction rate
3 pages
Average paper length
Customers referred by a friend
15% OFF your first order
Use a coupon FIRST15 and enjoy expert help with any task at the most affordable price.
Claim my 15% OFF Order in Chat

Sometimes it is hard to do all the work on your own

Let us help you get a good grade on your paper. Get professional help and free up your time for more important courses. Let us handle your;

  • Dissertations and Thesis
  • Essays
  • All Assignments

  • Research papers
  • Terms Papers
  • Online Classes
Live ChatWhatsApp