Skip to comments.True Grit - Great Movie for the Season
Posted on 12/23/2010 3:42:18 PM PST by Mariner
I know, many of you can't bear the idea of somebody, anybody, taking on a role once played by John Wayne. I too was skeptical as I am a devoted Duke fan.
However, I'm also a great fan of Jeff Bridges and the Coen Brothers.
And, I can tell you this: The Dude does The Duke proud.
This is certainly the best Western since Unforgiven and probably in the top 10 ever. Yes, it's far better than the original in every respect.
Acting, dialogue, mood and photography come together to be the best movie the Coen Brothers have made.
It's not a story about vengeance. It's a story about justice. And what a story it is. The final scene before the Coda, when Rooster and Mattie are riding through the night is one of the most heart-wrenching scenes you will see in a movie. Ever.
Both are deserving of Academy Awards, as are the Coen Brothers in multiple categories.
Go see this movie in a theater...soon...
Pretty tough talk for a one-eyed fat man.
The Duke left some might big shoes to fill.....I don’t know if anyone could....However from the Advertisements I’ve seen it looks like The Dude...did pretty good job as does Matt Damon....I will give it the benefit of the doubt even though I know they are both HUGE lefties!
That scene has been preserved.
It’s true that even Matt Damon was good in this...and it nearly makes we want to puck to say that!
That Bridges family, weren’t they all commies. I know the old man was in the forties.
Pretty tough talk for a one-eyed fat man.”
I said the same thing regarding Daniel Craig before seeing Casino Royale. I’ll keep an open mind.
I’m a diehard Duke fan. Always have been. I’ve spent a small forture buying the DVDs of every Duke movie I can get my hands on. I’m looking forward to seeing the new True Grit movie. Thanks for the review.
No, but this is one of the very few movies I plan seeing in the next twelve months.
Not at all, and I’m a great fan of Wayne.
I am looking forward to seeing this. Bridges is on a roll recently, and I understand the young lady does a fantastic job.
My favorite Wayne movie is The Shootist, he was both “John Wayne” the icon in it, as well as John Wayne the man.
“Submitted in the sure knowledge that I will be called a heretic.”
Nah, not from me, anyway. Bridges is a darn fine actor, and the Coen Brothers rarely make a bad film.
Besides (joining the heretic club here), as much as I love John Wayne, I just don’t think the original True Grit was one of his better films. Wayne was fine, as always, but Kim Darby was too old for her part, and Glen Campbell...is a better country singer than he is an actor. :-)
Too bad Ron Howard had to be in it.
Bridges is also very talented. I do my best not to know anything about their personal lives.
"Bold talk for a one-eyed fat man!"
Yes, and Craig is a better 007. Much tougher.
Yep....lefties, but the few movies I go to watch, I go for the entertainment. It’s good sometimes to just let things go and be entertained. It can, at times, put things in perspective.
I watched Lloyd Bridges in “Sea Hunt” religiously. In one underwater scene he takes on an alligator while observing,
“The muscles that close an alligator’s jaws are as strong as steel. The muscles that OPEN them, however, are very weak.”
Anyway, found out years later that LB was up to his eyeballs with the CP,USA during the Khrushchev years. Just wanted to build a better world, I guess.
Only John Wayne can say, “Damn Texican, saved my live twice. And once when he was dead”.
For me, watching this remake would be like sacrificing my first born. Never will happen.
Why can't people just let the great thing be? For example, would you like to see a new version of the “Statue of Liberty”? Or how about the country's Flag?
Nope, not me. Leave a good thing alone.
Hey Mariner, I'm pleased that the movie remake brought you enjoyment. However, for me, a true-blue True Grit fan, I feel insulted that Bollywood would do this.
No hard feelings. RedShawk.
I agree with the other poster about Glen Campbell. I didn't like him in the film.
BTW - Anyone else get the feeling that Indians were not well liked?
One of my favorites too. Ron Howard was once asked “What do you regard as your best Hollywood experience?” His answer was simply “Appearing in a movie with John Wayne.” I think Wayne had a special effect on actors, even those as liberal as Ron Howard and Henry Fonda. Wayne was an mans’ man, a foavorite of many leading ladies and perhaps the greatest conservative, save maybe Reagan.
Your loss, pilgrim.
Sorry don't get it done, Dude.
Glen Campbell stank, and so did the girl.
He was still a punk then, not a full fledged libtard. Scatman Crothers more than made up for him.
Saw it last night. Powerful, great filmsking. Brilliant in every category. 5 stars.
Brings a tear to my eye every time I think of The Duke riding on top of a tank into that college in Berkley in the '60s.
But I luuuuves me some Glen Campbell so no way will Damon be better! lol ;o)
In fact, I can't think of a Western I liked better and that's my favorite genre.
Like reality tv, as long as they can just do remakes Hollywood loves it. It costs hardly anything in time or money to regurgitate trash. Creativity is what costs money.
Talked me into it, but I don’t go to theaters, ever. I just can’t stand the rudeness. And this from a film maker and producer (www.rockinthewall.com). BTW, just saw Jeff Bridges in a interesting movie called “the Door in the Floor.” Pretty obscure, but as usual, he’s great.
Got a man crush on Daniel Craig as 007. Absolutely great. In many ways, better than Connery.
I saw it at the drive-in...where all great American movies should be first screened:)
Took a little nip and some corn dodgers with me. $7 per person.
“...no no...we'll camp here...Just checking for signs..)
Hey Mariner: His wife in the movie was...? If you give, I tell ya.
In “Lewbowski”, “The Dude abides.”
In “Grit”, His ex-wife once told him, “A love of decency does not abide in you.”
My ex still says that about me many years later.
Bob, are you lacking a sensitivity chip? ;-)
DITTO THAT! D.Craig is a great Bond.
LOL. Well, if you have to do it, I guess that’s it. Three of the last four movies I’ve gone to in the theater either had teenie boppers chatting and playing with their phones (the Oliver Stone 9/11 movie); or kids running all over the place (to which my son popped, jumped up and shouted, “SHUT THE F___ UP!” and they did!); and one in which during the previews, somebody absolutely got riddled by a machine gun and a black guy behind us shouts, “THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKIN’ ABOUT!” (that actually was pretty funny).
But, the boy never did like him much anyway so I guess it's best.
But I know how to load a Dragoon.
Lloyd Bridges’ politics were goofy, but didn’t stay specifically Red. From his Wikipedia bio (not the most unimpeachable source, granted, but I think accurate here):
“He was blacklisted briefly in the 1950s after he admitted to the House Un-American Activities Committee that he had once been a member of the Actors’ Lab, a group with links to the Communist Party. He resumed working after being cleared by the FBI...”
In those days, being cleared by HUAC and the FBI generally meant that you named names, etc., and proved to their satisfaction that you weren’t an active Party member.
"...that's a Colt's Dragoon."
"Fill your hands you son of a Bitch!"
He does make a great Bond. I'll pass on the "man crush" though, even though you would like to "bond" with him.
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