Monday, December 27, 2010

True Grit - Movie Review

Doug and I have been looking forward to seeing this Coen Brothers version of True Grit since we first saw the preview months and months ago. We love pretty much every movie these dudes have made, and this was no exception. If you don't know anything about it, the movie is based off the 1968 book by Charles Portis. The book is about a 14 year old girl named Mattie Ross who's father was killed by a drifter and she is out to avenger her fathers death by bringing the man back to hang for his deeds. She hires Rooster Cogburn, a US marshall, to hunt down the man and she intends on going along.

Another film, of the same name, was made in 1969 with John Wayne but is so incredibly different than the book that it is hard to compare. The 1969 version was more about Rooster rather than Mattie, since John Wayne was so popular at the time.
The Coen brothers were true to the book, and made the story all about Mattie. It is narrated by her adult self, and begins with her fathers death. Mattie is spunky and smart, maybe too smart. She is the epitome of tough young women and I really think this would be a great film for girls entering their teenage years to see. (It is only rated PG-13) The film is full of exciting twists, and lots of black comedy the Coen brothers are known for.
Not just that, but the style of the film is very 1960s western. It has good pacing, interesting dialog and the production design is impeccable. You know we're going to see it again while it's still in the theaters. Have you seen Ture Grit yet? What did you think? I'd love to know what other people thought of it!


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