Just got back from watching Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest film, True Grit (opens with music), written and adapted for the screen from a Charles Portis novel. Here are my brief thoughts: I’ve never seen the original movie with John Wayne, Kim Darby and cast. I thought the 2010 version of the film was beautifully shot and well acted. It was a bit unpredictable in spots. For me the movie’s success hinged on actress Hailee Stienfeld’s performance as the stubborn daughter, Mattie Ross, looking to hire a U.S. Marshall to track down the man who shot and killed her father. I had to do a double take to see that it was Matt Damon playing Texas Ranger LaBoeuf. If you enjoy westerns, highly recommend seeing this film. I mainly went because I am a big fan of the Coen’s brothers films that started with Raising Arizona in 1987.
Usually I don’t feel moved to read the book after watching the film but after watching True Grit, I’m interested. Unfortunately, I don’t see any of Charles Portis’s book in digital format and what a shame. I think somebody missed the boat there. I’m a big fan of westerns and enjoyed Unforgiven by Clint Eastwood but I think True Grit is a film strictly for those who enjoy the western genre. Jeff Bridges was good as Rooster Cogburn. What I liked most about the movie was the scenery and the story. Good movie.