08 June 2011

A Brief Review Of True Grit - The Remake


What can I say? It has everything: Scripture quoting, an old gospel hymn as the musical score and played beautifully on the piano, one character who is a Texas Ranger and veteran from the Army of Northern Virginia, another who is a U.S. Marshal and who rode with Quantrill (both portrayed as heroes!), hangings, dialogue that sounds like it's being read from a WBTS soldier's letter, a burial in a Confederate cemetery, and lots of bad men gettin' shot dead. For me, it's made to order. Best film I've seen in years.

In a word two words - see it.

14 comments:

Michael Aubrecht said...

Thanks for the recommendation Richard. It looks good and I have heard it stays true to the original storyline. I do have to correct one thing in your post, something that almost everyone does, "U.S. Marshall" should always be U.S. Marshal (with one 'l'). It drives them crazy here.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Duly noted and corrected Michael, thanks. It really is a good film Jeff Bridges is masterful in his portrayal of Rooster Cogburn.

13thBama said...

I've been waiting to see it. I rented the original because I had never seen that one all the way through. Excellent movie! I will watch the new one today!

Oh, and Michael, another one that used to get me was the U.S. Forest Service. I was reminded several times that it was not the "Forestry Service".

Those are almost as bad as when someone says "He served in the calvary" lol

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hey 13B - I had it in my queue from Netflix and it came yesterday so the wife and I watched it last night - our 31st anniversary. Dinner and a movie - Hardees chicken and True Grit - ;o)

I saw the original several times as a kid. It's good too but I think the remake is better. Again, Bridges is great. You'll love it. I need to go back and watch the original one again.

13thBama said...

You are killing me Richard! We don't have any Hardee's down here at the bottom of the valley! I miss their breakfast bowl.

My favorite Duke quote from the original movie was "Fill your hand you SOB!" Meaning, of course, to "grab your revolver".

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hardees' sausage biscuit - unbeatable. Rooster has some great one-liners in this version too. BTW, the young girl in the film is an amazing actress. This was the first time she acted.

Chaps said...

Does Hardee's have a breakfast bowl that diabetics can eat? I bet not. :-(

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Chaps - absolutely. I would recommend the sausage and gravy, heavy on the salt and pepper.

;o)

Chaps said...

We'll have one of those when you come to my church.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Deal. Doug and I hope to come up this fall for some detecting as we discussed. We'll treat.

Andy Vawser said...

I went and saw it several times in the theater. I think it is one of the best western films made since John Wayne's death in '79. All I can say is "wake up Hollywood and give us more movies like this!" There are some parts in the new version I miss from the original, but there are also parts in the new version that are great and never were in the original. If they could mesh the two versions together it would be perfect. I also have an original printing of the novel that's worth a lot of money that I found at a second hand store for $1. You never know what gems might be out there!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hello Andy. I'm going to watch it again this weekend. Yes, it really is that good. Thanks for reading my blog and taking the time to comment.

The Warrior said...

Well sir, your recommendation is enough for me!

Susan Hathaway said...

I am beginning to wonder if there is anything upon which we do not agree. Best movie I have seen in years, by far.