Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, 1956.
You know that racist grandpa you have? This movie is about a guy like him. Clint Eastwood plays a Korean War vet who recently lost his wife and is coping with his new life of loneliness. His kids/grand kids only call him or talk to him when he wants something and he is rightfully fed up with the world. Aside from that, the man is a raging racist (especially against Asian-Americans). The movie plays out fairly simply- he begins to realize that maybe he shouldn’t be so racist, he finds more in common with his community than with his family and he starts to live. It really touched me emotionally and thought it was a heartwarming tale. Of course this all comes to an end when his neighbor is raped and beat and Clint Eastwood goes vigilante (kind of) and ends up saving the day (again, kind of)- I was blown away by this movie and am really glad I saw it. Don’t watch this if racial slurs bother you. 5/5
Clint Eastwood is one of my favorite people on the planet. This is a must watch. Hands down.
photo by Duane Michals