48. Latter Stages of Life

What are the things which we all strive for in our Latter Stages of Life ???

  • A hefty pension every month ?
  • Happy moments with the entire family ?
  • Love & affection from the family ?
  • Plenty of hard earned rest ?
All of the above would suffice but there's one most important thing that stands tall.

Respect ,yes ,its the utmost important thing which makes the Latter Stages of Life a living paradise or a unimaginable hell.

PLOT : " A retired widowed war veteran learns he has more in common with his Hmong American neighbors than his very own estranged family. "

Clint Eastwood ,yeah you heard it right ,a powerhouse performance from one of cinema's living legends ,this is just the third film i had seen in his direction & each time my respect for him increases.

His role as a retired widow war veteran is one of the most memorable characters i have ever seen ,his attitude & body language is something to cherish here.He stands apart in a league of his own with films that have a lasting effect on the viewer.

The director of the film ,Clint Eastwood ,has effectively portrayed the plight of people in their old age especially how it affects them mentally.How a family gets estranged is also neatly captured leaving a sympathetic feel for his character.

There are three other main characters in the film being the neighboring girl played by Ahney Her ,Bee Vang as her younger brother & last but not the least a 1972 Ford Gran Torino.

Ahney Her was a real live wire in her role who coaxes Clint to come out of his shell of hatred & loneliness ,Bee Vang as an innocent fellow seeking the guidance of Clint was also an apt choice for the role with his innocent looks.

The sister & brother combination of Ahney Her & Bee Vang make up an adorable family of Hmong American whose culture & traditions form the crux of the film.

Crux in the sense that these people who respect their elders such that Clint who has an estranged relation with is family starts feel at home with them.

The other cast of Hmong American's along with Christopher Carley form the rest of the cast who essay their roles effectively.

The film showcases the life of people at their old age who are more often than not ignored by their children ,how they are torn apart by their children seeking their property & belongings & the way how their grand children serve to be a bane on their already stressed life.

No matter how our present lives turn up ,its the concluding part of our lives which decide whether our lives were worth treasuring or cursing.Gran Torino gives us glimpses of such moments that form the Latter Stages of Life.

  • Rating : "PG" for some scenes of violence & strong language.
P.S : " In box office terms, the most successful Clint Eastwood movie ever, both in the U.S. and the U.K, but not with inflation. "


HaRy!! said...

ena ya shakspear movie mathiri solra?

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ HaRy!!

apidina ????? :)

Madhu said...

really? the best Clint eastwood movie ever eh? Interesting!

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ Madhu

This is one his best works for sure :)

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Hey, awaiting your review on Madarasapatnam!!! Just watched it and loved it!!! Its a perfect mixture of Lagaan and Titanic!!! :)

A visit to India Gate at night
A Stroll at the Bhudha Jayanthi Park

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ Mitr

Yeah i concur ,the movie was good esp the way it was taken ...
Chennai during 1947 was well brought out :)

Rajlakshmi said...

you watch movie of all genre don't you... :)
review sounds good to me :) worth a watch I guess.

Babli said...

I have seen this movie and it absolutely marvellous. Worth to see it. Good review.

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ Rajlakshmi

Got to broaden our knowledge in various genres na :)

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ Babli

Yeah its definitely a film worth watchin ,i'm just disappointed that i watched this film so late :(

Shas said...

Thanks for writing on it. Will watch it soon.

Chandrika Shubham said...

Nice review will watch this movie.
I had watched Inception and read ur post Sci-Fi magic. I liked the movie as well as the review. :)
It is a movie to be watched from beginning to the end.

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ Shas

Sure ...give ur feedback after watchin it :)

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ Chandrika

Thanks for the compliments :)

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