Excerpt: Re-making a movie, especially one like “True Grit”, is a tricky thing to do. In one sense there’s no original screenplay to worry about because the material has already been written, shot and produced.
Excerpt: Most people know True Grit as the 1969 movie by which John Wayne earned his only best actor Oscar, as Rooster Cogburn, a drunken, one-eyed U.S. marshal who agrees to lead a young woman into Indian territory to apprehend her father's killer.
Conclusion: Though lacking anything which could be considered innovative or ground-breaking, 'True Grit' is the latest drama from the Coen brothers which surprises by being a straightforward, traditional western.
Excerpt: He needs to have true grit; she needs to have a headstrong spunk. They’re a perfect match. First novelized, then filmed , and now filmed again, True Grit isn’t going anywhere, and why should it as long as the actors are around to keep these roles convincing?
Conclusion: To my surprise True Grit is rated PG-13, but don’t let that alter your opinion. There are several lovely kills in True Grit that made me flinch, so not all is lost. Even with a PG-13 True Grit retains all of its grit. The Blu-ray presentation is a flawless one.
Excerpt: The Movie One of the great things about watching Joel and Ethan Coen's careers has been the futile challenge of trying to guess their next move. While they are no strangers to remakes, or to Westerns (of a sort), I like many was surprised to learn that they would be tackling a modern adaptation of...
Summary: This material is so completely suited to the Cohen Brothers that it’s hard to remember that the novel has been done twice before. Three times, if you count John Wayne’s return to the role in the sequel: Rooster Cogburn . There was a 1978 television film version that starred Warren Oates as Cogburn.
Excerpt: The old refrain �the original was better� is often trotted out when commenting on the sacrilegious remake of a commonly-perceived classic, but occasionally, once in a blue moon, it is forced to stay under lock and key.