I love movies, just do. It’s that simple, so there is a list of movies that I can watch over & over again.
Back to back in like a marathon, just keep the popcorn, drinks & bathroom breaks coming.
It’s a short list too:
- Blazing Saddles
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- El Cid
- The Matrix
I can now add the Coen brothers version of True Grit to this list.
The thing I like about the above list, except for Blazing Saddles, is the epic telling of the story (OK…Blazing Saddles also has an epic story too, but that’s almost another post in itself).
This version of True Grit is the book version through and through. Unlike the version which highlights John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn this version follows the book – which is the exploits of Miss Mattie Ross and how the ‘True Grit’ she looks for in the people she enlists to help her avenge her father’s killer is, in fact, all in her.
What makes Jeff Bridges performance in the move so epic is that he had some tall shoes to fill. I mean, seriously, he was reprising a renown John Wayne role! What I found fantastic is that he made the role more ‘real’ than John Wayne ever could. I think even the Duke would admit that the role was turned over, like Heath Ledger did to Jack Nicholson in his role as the Joker…the better actor has come to take the role as their own.
In the end, this film is impressive in many ways, it’s attention to detail (like Tombstone, someone did their period homework), the acting and the scope of the movie as it lovingly follows the book – right to the actual ending is just grand.
I will watch this again in the theater and I will be waiting for the directors cut special edition.
There won’t be any pussyfootin’ around with no theatrical version here. Naw sir!