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True Grit..A Review

27 Dec

Last evening my husband and I took in a movie.  It was True Grit.  The latest of the Coen Brother movies.  Their movies are my husband’s favorites.  I have a few favorites among their films.

I never know what to expect when we go to watch a Coen Brothers movie.  They are quirky and have some of the most expected turns in them.  One of my favorite  Coen movie to watch was A Simple Plan.  It made me really “feel” for the characters in the film. 

After viewing True Grit last evening I would put it at the top of my Coen movie list and at the top of all movies that I saw in 2010.  It was a remake of an old John Wayne movie.

The casting of Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn was an excellent choice.  This was the role that was previously played by John Wayne.  He was believable and likable in the role. 

The role of Mattie Ross was by played by 13-year-old Hailee Steinfeld.  I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Hailee Steinfeld in another role but she seemed seasoned beyond her years.  She was confident, forceful and impressive to watch in her role. 

What I enjoyed most about the movie is the language spoken for the time period.  It was clever and interesting.  Earlier in the day my grown children had watched movies at our home most of the afternoon.  The movie was one four letter word from the beginning to the end.  True Grit had none of the foul language that I heard on the movies my grown children were watching.  It was a movie I would feel comfortable taking my parents or my husband’s parents to see and not have to apologize for language or sexual content that seems so prevalent in most movies currently showing.

The Coen Brothers remake of True Grit makes me want to check out the book the movie is based on and read it.  I’ve seen a lot of movies this past year and this one held my attention and kept me involved in the story line.  I don’t know if I will watch the John Wayne True Grit again or not…its been many years since I first watched it.  I love the images I have in my mind from the Coen Brothers remake and I think I prefer to keep those over the John Wayne version. 

True Grit is definitely worth the ticket price and an evening out.

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Posted by on December 27, 2010 in Movie Reviews, My View

 

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12 responses to “True Grit..A Review

  1. Carol Ann Hoel

    December 28, 2010 at 12:30 am

    I saw the John Wayne version of True Grit years ago and liked it, so I, too, would enjoy the Coen movie. Thank you for the review. Blessings to you…

     
  2. flyinggma

    December 28, 2010 at 7:50 am

    It was so refreshing to see a good movie. I haven’t done any movie reviews in my blog but felt the movie was worth a good word or two.

     
  3. writerwoman61

    December 28, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Thanks for the review, Jeanne! I have to admit to being uneasy about people messing with a classic like True Grit…I’m glad they did a good job!

    Wendy

     
  4. flyinggma

    December 28, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Its only my opinion that they did a good job but in a time when it is so hard to find a good movie I felt it was worth talking about. I really enjoyed Hailee Steinfeld’s work in the movie. She was interesting and fun to watch in her role as Mattie Ross.

    I’m sure there are those who would argue that the John Wayne version was better and that is fine with me that there could be two good versions of the same story.

     
  5. planejaner

    December 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Jeanne–
    I never know what to expect, either, from a Coen bro film…and had discounted this one out of respect for John Wayne…
    HOWEVER…
    I may need to rethink that!
    jane

     
    • flyinggma

      December 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm

      Both my husband and I really enjoyed the movie. It was well done and like I said easy on the ears and eyes for language and sexual content.

       
  6. 36x37

    December 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    The Coen Brothers really are consistently great, aren’t they? When I first found out about the True Grit remake, I wanted to mark the opening on my calendar and secure a babysitter right away. So glad to hear it met your expectations. I’ll certainly have to see it in the theater now!

     
  7. flyinggma

    December 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    My husband always insists on heading out to any Coen Brothers movie. We have really enjoyed watching them, never knowing what to expect.

     
  8. Todd Pack

    December 28, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I love the Coen brothers. I wasn’t a fan of Barton Fink, and everyone said to stay away from The Ladykillers, but everything else has been great.

    P.S. How cool is it that Jeff Bridges is starring in 2 big movies this Christmas?

     
  9. flyinggma

    December 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    The Coen brother movies a favorite for sure. I wasn’t a fan of Ladykillers either.

    I imagine Jeff Bridges is having a very Merry Christmas this year. I haven’t seen TRON yet but soon. Jeanne

     
  10. Linda Anderson

    December 29, 2010 at 9:49 am

    This will definitely be one to watch. I trust your opinion! By the way, One Six Right is a good aviation movie – more of a documentary, but very nicely done!

     
  11. flyinggma

    December 29, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I’m sure you and Glen will enjoy it but Glen probably will like the John Wayne version better I’m guessing. The movie was well done. I will have to check out One Six Right. Always up for an aviation movie, documentary or not. Blessings, Jeanne

     

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