Thoughts on the film Gran Torino

In the movie there is a old man who`s name is Walt Kowalski, and he is the main character in this movie. It happened changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can’t get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao’s family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood.

We see oppression of the Hmong people in this film. You can tell by the way Walt looked at them before he got to know them in a personal way, that he thought they were not important. Also the people that Thao and Sue came in much trouble with were black guys, because they thought that they were people that meant less then themselves because of race.

What the film has taught me about the Hmong people in the USA, is that the girls from hmong are going to end up with going to college, and boys will end up in prison. I also learnt that girls from korea have to do all the work in the house, and outside their house like for example garderning. Something that i didn`t know was a problem for people from Korea, was that they struggled so much with fitting in. Like in the movie where Thao and his sister Sue struggled with fitting in, which ended up with them being involved in a lot of trouble.

The experiences Walt had with living in a multicultural neighborhood was that he were woken up a lot by his neighbours in the middle of the night. Either that was Thao trying to steal his car, or his cousin and his friends that started shooting at his neighbour`s house.

Walt changed through the movie, and he also changed his perspective in life. He went from being an old grumpy man who didn`t like anyone after his wife died, to a person that was happy and was willing to sacrifice himself for someone else.

Father Janovich: Why didn’t you call the police?

Walt Kowalski: Well you know, I prayed for them to come but nobody answered.

Those two lines shows that he used to be a person who only prayed to god, even though he didnt want anything to do with the church after his wife died.

Walt Kowalski: I am here for a confession.

That line was told when he went to father Janovich and wanted to confess what he had held in himself for many years. It shows that he ended up with becoming a person who knew what he wanted and believed in.

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