I've never liked Clint Eastwood. Memories of stupid westerns (a genre I've never enjoyed anyway) are probably the seed for this issue, but at this point I see nothing redeeming about him or anything that has to do with him. There's something to be said about not liking someone so much that you don't even like them enough to give them the chance to like them more.
Yet, I was bored... and Rotten Tomatoes (and several other sites) have had good things to say about Gran Torino. So I went. Ugh...
This is really one of the best movies ever. You spend half of it conflicted as to whether you hate him and walk out or stick around to hate him more. The other half you can't help but continue to love/hate him because of who he is and who he becomes. There's a lot of revelations that go on in this movie... and Eastwood deserves all of the credit... Written By, Directed By, Starring... but it works, and it's all because of him.
Go see it. It's "serious" but you spend half your time laughing at it. It's not what you think it is. Really. Go. Seriously.
No... I mean like now. Go. Stop reading and go. :)