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True Grit

A movie directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

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Nothing in this world is free… except the grace of God.

  • Jan 15, 2011

With that, the movie begins.

Let me say this about movies. It is neither my lifeblood nor life passion. It is simply one form of entertainments for me. And since I moved to China a few years ago, I barely need to pay much for it. Believe me, very little, hehe...

So, I got my fair share of movies. Some good, some darn lousy. I don’t normally waste time writing the lousy ones. To me, they are not even worth a minute of my life writing about them since I already spent enough time watching it. It is regrettable that I even watched it to begin with!
True Grit is not a highly engaging movie for me. I was alternating between reading the TimeOut magazine which I bought last night and watching what’s happening on the LCD screen & then penning this review. They all occurred during the same time-frame, one way or another. Other than horror movies, western films have never been something I’d go for. So why this one then? Well, Matt Damon is the main reason.

Damon wasn’t the one I go away with though. The star of this film is the 14-year old Hailee Steinfeld. Her big eyes reminded me of my niece in Toronto. At such a young age and yet the 2 of them have such different lives. Frankly, Western is just not my style at all. So, instead of me trying to say something more to that which I don’t observe in my realm of vision in this one, you’d do better by reading the reviews of those who live their lives around the “screens” & probably see something which I don't ;-) As for me, not my idea of Damon’s kind of role while Jeff Bridges doesn’t even “exist” in this movie. I have to look high and low for shadows of him and I found none; good or bad, depending what you expect out of the guy’s acting. With regard to the story, I can't help but ask myself the question "What's the point of it all?".

Incidentally, I haven't seen any female reviewer on this movie. I don't expect to find many either, we'll see. Women & men have different viewpoints so it'd be interesting to see if someone else concurs with me. In the mean time, let's just say I'm glad I didn't pay the ticket for this one ;-) This movie actually reminds me of another movie by Matt Damon, The Brothers Grimm (which I did pay to see it at the cinema). As with that one, it wouldn't leave much traces in my memory!

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January 26, 2011
The more I think about this movie, the more I like it even when I didn't care for it much at the theater but I really liked the look and mood.
January 17, 2011
Great review, this film was shot right down the road from where I am at. Well at least some of it was.
January 16, 2011
What's the point?

Action, adventure, the girl just coming of age losing her father and trying to get people to help her out, which many are not taking her seriously at all. It was a decent adaptation of the original book.

I thought it well made, as well as a more realistic interpretation of America's Old West.  Westerns were a main stream interest for many years both on radio and TV, and finally passed out of popular view in the 1970s to a great degree. 

I would love to see a return to Westerns, and the thrilling days of yesteryear (as they used to say on "The Lone Ranger").  LOL.
January 16, 2011
As you've just said, it's yesteryear! It's outdated and what's from yesteryear is best left in the yesteryear ;-) That's just me.. if a girl of that age is going out to seek justice that she did in those days now, you'd probably brand her as crazy (courageous too, but crazy nonetheless). I just feel that it is not in line with today's generation. Sorry, I was never into something from the past. Look to the future! Science fiction is probably a better cup of tea for me, LOL...

There was already a movie for this book back in yesteryear. I simply don't see the point in making another one. I wouldn't have waste another cent of my money on another one of these in future ;-)
January 16, 2011
Fair enough, no problem. My view is that entertainment is entertainment regardless of when the story takes place. Courage and not giving up are valuable personality traits that are timeless. I do get what you mean.
January 15, 2011
Boooo!!! Nah, I see why this one wouldn't appeal to you. I guess I should recommend more drama for you.. :) Well, I may just have one coming....
January 15, 2011
The next one I watched is great! :-)
January 15, 2011
which one? you have a review yet?
January 15, 2011
5 mins ;-)
January 15, 2011
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review by . December 23, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I have no idea how many times I have stated the rules for filming a movie that remakes an iconic original. Well, if you’re one of those folks who’ve never read any of my reviews before, they are quite simple: 1) It must broaden the scope that is covered by the original film while adapting it for a much more modern audience. 2) It must follow the essence and the spirit of the said material (in this case the book). 3) It should pay homage to the source material and/or the original film.   …
review by . December 26, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Our Christmas movie this year was True Grit, which we saw in the late show Christmas night just before the first Christmas snow in Raleigh in 60 years shut down the town.  We followed that up with a viewing (my first!) of the 1969 original starring John Wayne and Glenn Campbell.      I recently read and reviewed Charles Portis's novel, which I rated +5 for Mattie Ross's spare language of guarded emotion that tells us more about her than pages of florid description …
review by . February 08, 2011
True Grit is an excellent film. This movie reminds of how entertaining westerns can be. It is about a young girl's deternination for justice after her father is shot and killed by a man named Tom Chaney. The film stars new comer Haliey Steinfield as Mattie Ross and Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn. My favorite quote from the movie is when Mattie says to Rooster that she is looking for someone with true grit in helping her track her father's killer and avenge his death. True Grit is a phrase that …
review by . February 15, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
***1/2 out of ****     "True Grit" is the latest offering from the legendary geniuses that are the Coen Brothers, and upon finishing the film, I can't help but admit that I was indeed quite "wowed". I went into this film expecting no particularly big surprises; and left feeling provoked and shocked by just how different this film was; at least from what I expected it to be. But the second adaptation of "True Grit" is still a damn good one, and in a number of ways, I enjoy it …
review by . January 24, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
The Coen Brothers are not usually known for doing purely genre films.  There's usually a semblance of several genres mixed together when they do a film.  To see them do a purely western is something of a curiosity.  After all, there are reasons why a western, of all genres, might turn heads.  In the first place, it has been years since a fantastic western actually showed up in theaters (perhaps the last truly good one was the 2007 remake of 3:10 to Yuma), but more than that... …
review by . February 08, 2011
Our Christmas movie this year was True Grit, which we saw in the late show Christmas night just before the first Christmas snow in Raleigh in 60 years shut down the town.  We followed that up with a viewing (my first!) of the 1969 original starring John Wayne and Glenn Campbell.      I recently read and reviewed Charles Portis's novel, which I rated +5 for Mattie Ross's spare language of guarded emotion that tells us more about her than pages of florid description …
review by . December 27, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
   If you had asked me a month, maybe even a couple of weeks ago what my favorite film of the year was going to be, without hesitation I would have said Christopher Nolan’s Inception. I knew that Tron Legacy and True Grit were coming up, and I had a feeling that the latter had a good chance of making my top ten or even my top five, but I had no idea it had this great of a chance. In fact, it might just be giving Inception a good run for its money. This is one of my favorites of …
review by . December 30, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
   The Western genre is a perennial of American cinema. Sometimes very popular, sometimes just sort of “there”, but never going away. In recent years we’ve seen Westerns like Unforgiven and 3:10 to Yuma, both of which are great examples of what the genre can do when it’s being worked by someone who really knows what they’re doing. Now to this list we can add True Grit, directed by the Coen Brothers. As with their other films, it’s not just a fine example …
review by . December 26, 2010
14-year-old Mattie Ross has come to Ft. Smith Arkansas sometime during the "old west" to hire a US Marshall to track and bring to justice the man who shot and killed her father. She hires the man she's been told has true grit, Reuben "Rooster" Cogburn, a one-eyed drunk with a ferocious reputation. They set out for the Indian Territories, accompanied, to their chagrin, by the dandified Texas Ranger LeBoeuf. Along the way, they encounter some strange characters and engage in dangerous and bloody adventures. &nbs …
review by . December 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The Coen Brothers know their way around a film. That much has been established over the years. And after a few films that were not seen by too many, they return to the West, but this time around with the clock set back a few years.      True Grit is based of the 1968 novel of the same name. And while it shares its source material with the 1969 film that won John Wayne his only Oscar, it would be unfair to call this a remake. Lost is the tone of the previous film, it loses …
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True Grit is an upcoming 2010 Western film, written and directed by the Coen brothers and starring Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and Matt Damon. The film is an adaptation of the 1968 novel by Charles Portis which was previously adapted for film in 1969. Filming began on March 2010 with an anticipated release date of December 25, 2010.
Bridges will play U.S. Marshal Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn. The character was portrayed by John Wayne in the 1969 film, a performance which earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl, undertakes a quest to avenge her father's death at the hands of a drifter named Tom Chaney. Ross persuades an alcoholic marshal named Rooster Cogburn to join her in tracking down Chaney.
Ethan Coen said that the film will be a more faithful adaptation of the novel than the 1969 version.
“             It's partly a question of point-of-view. The book is entirely in the voice of the 14-year-old girl. That sort of tips the feeling of it over a certain way. I think [the book is] much funnier than the movie was so I think, unfortunately, they lost a lot of humour in both the situations and in her voice. It also ends differently than the movie did. You see the main character — the little girl — 25 years later when she's an adult. Another way in which it's a little bit different from the movie — and maybe this ...
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Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Release Date: 22 December 2010 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 110 min
Studio: Paramount Pictures
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