Do you feel lucky, punk?

Jason Singer
Mar 23, 2010

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."

Comments

reader

Wow! That sure does look like a "must see" movie. Thanks for sharing the trailer.

Anonymous

Hey, there is a guy like that on the west side of town.

Anonymous

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Anonymous

Nice article. Seems like you're really interested and knowledgeable about pop culture.

Keep up the good work and I'll keep reading!

Anonymous

I think Clint Eastwood should be the only director allowed to make movies in Hollywood.

Viva Dirty Harry Callahan! Viva good movies! Viva chocolate-covered berries!

Anonymous

This once again shows the stupidy of Wedge. After three good innings from Westbrook, Wedge should have removed him and inserted someone that would change things around. Look how effective it was for Torre when he changed Clemens for Hughes. Wedge even admitted the change threw them off, why couldn't we have done the same thing. He better be ready to do it today, because Byrd is a fly ball pitcher and with that short right field and Byrd being right handed he probably will get hit hard. Come on Wedge wake up and do what is right for this team and not worry about the psche of the pitcher. We have the best bull pen in baseball, use it.

Anonymous

Be careful what you wish for!

Anonymous

The Indians have what the Yankees need - togetherness. Maybe someone in NY will finally realize that you can't BUY talent year after year and expect that to keep working for you. You need a TEAM. It's way too easy to be a Yankees fan, because they have money. The Tribe proved to them that is only going to get you so far if the players aren't unified. Besides, their a bunch a friggin' babies! I thought Jeter was going to run off of the field crying like a little girl when those bugs were out there. Guess what Yankees? The Indians were playing with the same damn bugs on the same damn field at the same damn time!

Anonymous

This once again shows the stupidy of Wedge. After three good innings from Westbrook, Wedge should have removed him and inserted someone that would change things around. Look how effective it was for Torre when he changed Clemens for Hughes. Wedge even admitted the change threw them off, why couldn't we have done the same thing. He better be ready to do it today, because Byrd is a fly ball pitcher and with that short right field and Byrd being right handed he probably will get hit hard. Come on Wedge wake up and do what is right for this team and not worry about the psche of the pitcher. We have the best bull pen in baseball, use it.

Anonymous

Be careful what you wish for!

Anonymous

The Indians have what the Yankees need - togetherness. Maybe someone in NY will finally realize that you can't BUY talent year after year and expect that to keep working for you. You need a TEAM. It's way too easy to be a Yankees fan, because they have money. The Tribe proved to them that is only going to get you so far if the players aren't unified. Besides, their a bunch a friggin' babies! I thought Jeter was going to run off of the field crying like a little girl when those bugs were out there. Guess what Yankees? The Indians were playing with the same damn bugs on the same damn field at the same damn time!