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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 theyre 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 Walts best friend and is the reason Walt gave up his life In addition the lighting in the Gran Torino can really catch the audiences attentionEven 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
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