DVD: Gran Torino (15)

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Clint Eastwood is one of the few figures in Hollywood able to play with his own iconography.

With Unforgiven, his anti-Western, he demolished the myth of the man with no name. In Gran Torino, his anti-vigilante movie, he takes down Dirty Harry. Overlooked at the Oscars, Eastwood's last film as an actor (so he says) is one of his finest recent works. He plays Walt Kowalski, a grouchy racist widower who unexpectedly befriends a Hmong Korean family in his Detroit neighbourhood after finding their son Thao trying to steal his car, the titular Gran Torino. When he learns that Thao is being victimised by a local gang, he decides to take matters into his own hands.