“True Grit” Notes -Old Grit Vs New Grit.
FREDVILLE’S KEEN INSIGHTS ON BOTH GRITS – FINDS EACH QUITE PALATIBLE.
- Rent the original (actually a pretty good movie-watch it first) and watch the two films back to back for some interesting insights. It is a remake regardless of all the squealing to the contrary by the Coens. Dialog is word for word throughout most of the film. Having not read the book I suspect that dialog was lifted directly from its pages.
- John Wayne is a kinder gentler Rooster than the Dude. Jeff Bridges is a funnier, quirkier and more real Rooster… also a better actor. The Dude trumps the Duke!
- Personal note: I hated everything John Wayne did back then simply because of his politics. I’ve grown up a bit and have somewhat throttled back some my hate after all the years. Of course my anger & outrage remain intact.
- Favorite scene – Maddie riding across the river. I almost squirted em (teared up) with admiration for her gumption.
- The “New Grit” was stunning visually. I would expect nothing less. How do the Coens build such quirkiness into their images? Awesomeness abounds!
- The Coen ending was a modern abrupt cop-out that bordered on shaggy dog land. It’s like, “well, we’re out of time, it’s Sunday night & this report is due tomorrow morning or we’ll flunk English class so let’s get er done”.
- The crappy music & Glen Campbell ruined the original. Kim Darby tried her best but couldn’t handle the job.
- Brolin was a disappointment; my expectations doomed his role from the start. Not enough screen time for his magic to develop.
- Best Actress 2010 – Hailee Steinfeld
- Barry Pepper for best supporting nomination
- People kick Indians & demean women – that’s the fact, Jack! We can’t close our eyes to reality, can we?
- The Coens made a much better film. Partially because filmmaking has advanced somewhat in forty some years. True Grit was made same year as Easy Rider. Shall we remake Easy Rider? Unleash th Coens on that one! See if we can improve on the Mona Lisa. Like most Hollywood films of that era “True Grit” was a “throw-away” movie made to capture maximum revenue and wasn”t built for complexities.
Conclusion: The Coens made a better film! Thanks to their talent and courage and the advance of film technology and increasingly sophisticated audience demands. Comparing the two films is like racing a 2010 Ferrari against a 1969 Chevy Impala. Both do a pretty good job but I’ll take the Ferrari thanks.