Warner Brothers went ahead and made my day.
Last week, the movie studio released the first full-length trailer for "Gran Torino," Clint Eastwood's next film, which will be released Dec. 17.
Three things worth noting: 1) It looks like the (figurative) return of Dirty Harry. 2) It might be Clint Eastwood's final film as an actor. And 3) It looks unbefreakinglievable.
You can watch the trailer below:
What do you think?
"Gran Torino" will be Clint Eastwood's second Oscar-contending movie this year. He also directed "Changeling," which is currently in theaters.
"Changeling," like Eastwood's previous four movies since 2003, is nearly flawless in its craftsmanship. The period detail is perfect. Tom Stern's cinematography is steady and insightful. And the ensemble cast, especially John Malkovich as a crusading preacher and Amy Adams as a psych-ward inmate, are sensational.
"Changeling" is also based on a true story, which has enough drama and interesting characters for five movies.
But nonetheless, I expect "Gran Torino" will be even better.
Why? "Changeling" is a BIG movie. It's about a mother and her missing boy. It's about the LAPD's corruption. It's about the Wineville Chicken Murders. And it's about 100 other things on top of those.
But Eastwood's best directorial efforts are small movies. Not small in terms of excellence or ambition, but in terms of focus.
"Million Dollar Baby," "Letter From Iwo Jima," and "Unforgiven," -- three of director Eastwood's most acclaimed movies -- all focus more on characters and character development than plot. Heck, one could even argue MDB and "Iwo Jima" barely have plots at all!
And "Gran Torino," seems to be more akin to those smaller movies than it is to "Changeling." I mean, it looks like the whole movie takes place on one street corner. One street corner! When's the last time you saw a movie like that?
Which is awesome news for moviegoers. Nobody -- and I mean nobody -- makes films with more emotional sincerity or depth than Eastwood, and when that's his focus, his movies usually come out better than great.
Throw a little Dirty Harry, kick-your-ass-from-here-to-Shanghai Clint Eastwood into the film, and I'm feeling pretty lucky about "Gran Torino."