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Movie Review: True Grit

True Grit

Basic Premise
Mattie Ross is determined to hunt down and bring to justice the man who shot and murdered her father. She hires Rooster Cogburn, a US Marshal, to see the job done.

I have never read this book. I saw the 1969 John Wayne version as a kid (my dad loves Westerns) and recently re-watched it before going to see this one so I would be able to compare. Based on the changes made in the 2010 version, I would guess the script writers decided to follow the book.

Personally, I like this version better than the 1969 version. No offense to John Wayne, but Jeff Bridges played a much better Rooster and a more convincing drunk. Also in the 1969 version, the actors couldn’t decide how to properly say LaBoeuf, and so the pronunciation would change depending on who was speaking. Not so with the 2010 version. Whether the 2010 version chose the correct pronunciation isn’t so important to me as the fact that the actors stayed consistent when saying it.

Fans of Westerns will more than likely enjoy this movie. I am personally not a fan, but I have fond memories of watching the 1969 version thus I wanted to see the 2010 version. Any fans of the 1969 version should enjoy the remake. I would guess that fans of the book would probably like the movie as well.

If you don’t fit into one of the three above mentioned categories, I wouldn’t suggest going to see this movie. This isn’t an action-packed, shoot ’em up at the OK Corral type movie. The pacing is mellow and deals more with character development and interaction than anything else.

Somewhat off topic and going back to the original 1969 version, the people who hand out movie ratings need to go watch that movie again. It has a G rating when it should have a PG rating, if not PG-13. People are being shot and killed on camera AND John Wayne says “son of a bitch” in the last portion of the film (a line that Jeff Bridges gets to say as well). The 2010 version is PG-13 with only a few minor changes from the 1969 version. Granted the rating system has changed a lot from 1969, but I don’t think being old should render a movie exempt from complying with the current movie rating standards.

Country Strong – No matter how many times I see this trailer, it still amazes me how they gave away so much of the movie. Even if that wasn’t the case, I still pass.

Real Steel – I love Hugh Jackman but I’m going to have to pass on the live action, over-sized rock ’em sock ’em robots movie. I think someone is trying to cash in on the Transformers craze but going about it the way wrong way.

The Adjustment Bureau – Now this looks like an interesting premise. But, I’ll have to wait for DVD. It’s funny to note that Flash told me about a Twilit Zone episode (or was it Outer Limits) with a very similar premise just recently. Wonder if this is a victim of the writers’ strike.

Source Code – Groundhog Day with purpose and an eight minute window instead of 24 hours. Kind of dubious about this one. I think I’ll wait for DVD.

Water for Elephants – You know… this looks like a good movie. If it didn’t have Robert Pattinson in it, it would be an even better movie.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Looking forward to this.

Rango – OMG this thing has an actual plot. That’s nice to know. I still don’t want to see it in theaters. 😛

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