2/7/11

TRUE GRIT AND HOW WE LIKE OUR WESTERNS



After getting a bad snubbing at this year’s Golden Globes, True Grit returned with a hammer to grab as many as 10 academy award nominations. Questions about its worthiness are better set aside because, though no one really gives True Grit a chance at the ceremony, all of these nominations we think are well deserved. 

Essentially, True grit is a movie about a daughter’s pursuit to nab her father’s murderer played by Josh Brolin.
14 year old Mattie Ross(Hailee Steinfeld) finds assistance in US Marshall Reuben "Rooster" Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) and Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) and it will require a display of true grit by no less than all three to get them through the task.

Coens to their credit make True Grit in the way of the Traditional Western. It gives us the historical feel that we expect from the genre. We believe True Grit has done as much to revive the genre as has James Mangold's remake of 3:10 to Yuma, another good western in recent years. It is something that a movie like No Country for Old Men cannot do. Thus Coens’ decision to remake True Grit is an important one, their approach is even more. True Grit takes a different course than a usual Coen movie, yet for its technical remarkability it has “Coens Bros.” written on it in bold font. It gives it an edge over the original 1969 adaptation of Charles Portis’ novel.  It is not without the dark humor they are known for and they also give us the typical Coen childlike adults in Rooster and Laboeuf.

 For comparison the Dude(Bridges) as Cogbern matches up to Duke(John Wayne) well and beyond. The performances of the lead actors push it even far.

True Grit gets our thumbs up for adapting a classic western tale and doing nothing wrong with it, putting in all the brilliant things Coens know so well. This is the very best they have to offer. Heres a salute to the Great Western.


6 comments:

  1. pretty good, a must watch from what i have read :)

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  2. Very well-written, makes for an interesting read! This article is reason enough to watch the movie.

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  3. a very nice review..........true Grit is surely a better film than the '69 version

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  4. well, haven't watched the movie yet, but sounds interesting.....better than 1969 version well not really sure about em not a big fan of remakes....but since its based on a novel it may add a whole new perspective to the same story, will not miss it!

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  5. @pooja: thank you!

    @stuti: thanks! sure do watch it!

    @apoorv: thanks man! and glad u agree with us...

    @red rebel: there are some remakes which you just cant deny (Inglourious Basterds, 3:10 To Yuma) and even this one..... totally recommend this one...go ahead.

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  6. Thanks for sharing. I hope it will be helpful for too many people that are searching for this topic. Keep posting and keep this forum a great place to learn things.

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