My 2013 Movies - True Grit (2010, on a Blu-ray loaner from a friend)
I rewatched this a few weeks ago, and then the ever-clever Andrew from hidingundertrees went and did one of his fantastic quickie reviews of it that I was certain I could not possibly improve upon.
So I won’t try.
Instead I’ll merely remind you that it’s a gorgeous little rose blossom of a movie, exquisitely (of course) shot by Roger Deakins; spectacularly (naturally) engaging because of the Coen brothers’ overall mastery; forever (like you didn’t know) rewatchable due to Bridges’ fun and heartfelt take on the character and the fresh revelation of Hailee Steinfeld.
Here’s the thing: this really wasn’t a movie that was aching to be remade. There were, as far as I could tell, no movie fans or studioheads or accountants or agents who woke up one morning and said “Golly, what we REALLY need the Coen brothers to do now is a classic western.”
Yet they did. And as movies (and their movies) go, it’s not a perfect piece or at the very top of their game. It doesn’t inspire deep meaningful thought or discourse.
It’s just a simple, delightful, pleasure. Comfortable. Quietly strong. A warm, welcome, cinematic meal.
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- taekwonjew said: Tim (tapiocanaif) and I read the book together last year. I was surprised how much of the humor and language, which I had attributed to the brothers’ touch, existed in the book. But the visuals and added elements - all Coens.
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