Saturday, January 1, 2011

"True Grit"

Mrs. BR took me to see True Grit this evening.

If you like westerns, even if only a little, then this movie is worth seeing. The acting is superb. You forget that you are watching Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon. And Hailee Steinfeld, in her first movie role, plays Mattie Ross. This young lady gives a top notch performance and holds her own amongst some big names. I daresay she has a promising career ahead of her.

The serious drama is interspersed with well delivered, dead pan humor. I won't give any spoilers, just a positive recommendation.

I give this movie 4 horseshoes out of a possible 4.

11 comments:

WomanWhoRunsWithHorses said...

I haven't seen the new one with Jeff Bridges. Will have to wait until it's out on Netflix. But have you seen the original John Wayne version as well? Just curious how the remake rates in comparison to the original ...or vice versa.

Deb said...

That was my thought when I saw the trailer. Have to go pretty hard to beat the Duke, but I'll take your recommendation BR.

strivingforsavvy said...

I saw it too and totally agree with your recommendation!

Buckskins Rule said...

It's been so many years since I've seen the original that I don't remember it. I do intend to watch it, and read the book for comparison.

From what I've read, Bridges did not try to recreate the role as played by The Duke. He realized the futility of that. Instead, he created his own version of Rooster Cogburn.

Supposedly the new version stays truer to the book than the original, with much of the same dialogue.

Either way, I found it to be a very good movie.

Rising Rainbow said...

I'm surprised I've not been dragged off to see this film. I expected once the trailers hit that it was coming. Maybe I will go along after all. LOL

Buck said...

I was gonna ask the same thing as WWRWH. Thanks for the answer!

Kate said...

I adored this movie so much, I've already seen it twice. Loved the actors, horses, guns and the scenery. Top-notch stuff!

Kipp said...

Saw it the night it opened. Enjoyed the movie and humor very much. Missed General Lee (Roosters cat in the John Wayne version). I with Deb, it is difficult to vote against the Duke so I will just say this: The music was much better this time around.
I plan to watch this one again.

Michael said...

I took my wife to see the movie last week. I am a John Wayne fan and have been ever since I was a little guy. This version of True Grit holds its own. It is different and yet one can see certain parts that are similar to the older version of the movie.

The terse language is a reflection of the author's intent to have his readers notice the setting of his novel. I think it works pretty good. Both movies reflect their own interpretation of the language.

The last time I was out west was too long ago to say. But my first years in elementary school were spent near Altus, Oklahoma, so that is the west I remember. It was cotton fields, tumble weeds, hot as hades, and cold as the inside of the devil's heart. There were badlands nearby and it seemed the horizon never ended on the plains.

I got off subject. I liked the movie, especially the choice of music. I'll stop there, so as not to ruin it for anyone that chooses to go see True Grit.

Kris, in New England said...

Looking forward to seeing this one, soon. I'm a big Jeff Bridges fan and I love his new "grizzled" persona.

trav4adventures said...

LOVED it and watched the original on AMC this afternoon! I liked this girl better than Kim Darby, but I liked the scenery better in the original one...especially the scene with the hut on the river. Hubby and I actually went there this fall. It's "Hot Creek", outside of Mammoth, CA! We hiked down to the springs, which are now closed off, but you have a gorgeous view of the Sierras!