Yes, and I really liked it!
Yeah . . . it was OK
No, and I don't intend to - EVER!
Not yet, but I intend to
Well, I have watched both of the trailers, and I have to say......no. This girl who plays Mattie Ross in the remake, somehow reminds me of Wednesday Adams from the Adams Family. Now, I'm not a Kim Darby fan by any means, but she did do a fairly decent job as Mattie. And Matt Damon? I think he's a pretty good actor. But this outfit the Coen's have him dressed in is not only not period, but he looks like a wild west show reject. Jeff Bridges? Again, I think he's a pretty decent actor, but he just isn't doing this role justice at all. He looks like a homeless alcoholic bum. Here he has a chance (as does Damon) to really shine, but the dialog, the delivery, the costumes, none of it looks right or sounds right to me. The movie may well be 100% faithful to the book (although I doubt it), but that doesn't make it a good movie. We did True Grit as a play in Junior High School English class (I played Moon), and we took our lines straight from the book. 100% faithful to Portis's words. It was still a crappy play. My prediction is that the Coen Brothers remake will be a highly acclaimed success, lauded and pawed over by liberals for no other reason than they hate John Wayne, and want to chip away at his legacy. Even if I am given the remake on DVD as a gift, the only thing I will use it for is target practice.
"I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I require the same from them" It may be time worn, but it's the best life-creed I know.
Well, Bob, those unwanted DVDs make great coasters for drinks, too. Could come in handy around the holidays. Which reminds me SXViper that the groan I meant was a take off between Doc Holliday and the Christmas Holiday.
My son and I think so highly of that film, we can just about recite the entire dialog from "Tombstone", even the Latin.
We deal in lead, friend.
Classics so great that they have become embedded in the public mind just should not be remade.
I'm reminded of that awful sequel to "Gone With the Wind" that came out quite a while ago. While it wasn't a remake, it still tried to do the impossible: have someone not Vivian Leigh portray Scarlett, someone not Clark Gable portray Rhett, et. al. It has sunk into well-deserved oblivion.
I suppose now they'll try to remake "Casablanca," or "Citizen Kane," or, God forbid, "The Searchers." Hollywood seems to have that little originality left.
But the press will be all over this, comparing and contrasting as if the two "True Grits" could even be placed side by side. We may even get some retrospective about Duke that's worth reading. I hardly think this travesty is worth it.
And no, I haven't seen it. And won't.
'True Grit’ First Impressions Leak as Late Showdown Nears
Paramount Pictures has two of this year’s biggest last-minute entries into the Oscar race – and the first of them, “The Fighter,” drew lots of attention, strong buzz and clear awards potential.
Now a showdown is nearing for an even bigger and later entry from Paramount: the Coen Brothers’ version of the Charles Portis book “True Grit,” with Jeff Bridges in the role that in 1969 won John Wayne his only Oscar, and a supporting cast that includes Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld.
Sight-unseen, the movie has long been considered a potential awards heavyweight, maybe the last one of 2010; it landed in the top five of several pundits’ Oscar predictions before anybody had seen it.
After initial reports that it wouldn’t begin screening until December, the movie was quietly – very quietly – unveiled about a week ago. But you won’t find much reaction from the handful who’ve seen it: Paramount has embargoed all reviews and responses until Wednesday, December 1 at 10 a.m. Pacific time.
Still, a few clues have slipped out. The morning after a very small screening on the Paramount lot last Monday, the Los Angeles Times’ “Hero Complex” columnist, Geoff Boucher, tweeted, “Meeting Jeff Bridges at 10 to talk about my new favorite movie of 2010.”
Presumably he could have been referring to Bridges’ other December release, “Tron: Legacy” – or presumably he could claim as much if he was accused of violating an embargo that included Twitter.
Later on Tuesday, Jeff Bridges and T Bone Burnett reportedly hosted their own screening – and on the heels of that, a few more tweets appeared, most along the lines of “Loved True Grit! Coen Brothers did such a good job. Jeff Bridges was amazing. I now want to learn how to ride a horse and fire a gun. :)”
A couple of those tweets apparently came from overzealous Paramount employees, who took down their fulsome praise in short order.
And then over Thanksgiving weekend Jeff Wells mentioned screenings but said “I can’t say exactly when or where,” while a few more people on Twitter talked about a weekend screening in New York.
The handful who implied that they had seen the film were enthusiastic (“True Grit = Master Piece”; "finally, after decades of disappointments, a western done right"), though it’s hard to trust the veracity of all of them. One tweet raved about the film the writer referred to as “Eastwood’s True Grit,” which it most assuredly is not.
One aspect of the film, meanwhile, has been let out: Paramount sent CDs of the film’s soundtrack, by Carter Burwell, to guild members and critics’ award voters. (That’s the CD cover, above.)
The music is for the most part somber and elegiac; it’s a spare piano-based score, rife with echoes of old gospel tunes and Protestant hymns.
(The first time I heard it, I thought Burwell had a little too much of a friend in “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” though on subsequent listens the score sounds more original.)
The music is lovely, and it wouldn’t feel at all out of place as an alternate soundtrack to Ken Burns’ “The Civil War.” What’s not evident, despite some more portentous and dramatic moments, is the Coens’ twisted sense of humor.
Incidentally, the two songs used to great effect in the film’s first two trailers – the Peasall Sisters’ stark “Where No One Stands Alone” in the teaser, Johnny Cash’s doomy “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” on the second trailer – are nowhere in evidence on the CD.
As to whether Burwell’s score is an accurate indication of the tone of the film, that answer will have to wait until Wednesday morning.
At that point, I’ll have something to say in this space … so stay tuned.
The Coen Brothers' remake of "True Grit," starring Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn and Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross (above), last week earned a PG-13 rating -- good news for all who anticipate a faithful rendering of Charles Portis' marvelous 1968 novel. Portis' exhilarating Western tale of 14-year-old Mattie and her journey into the Choctaw Nation to avenge her father's murder deserves a better movie than the pretty good 1969 film that featured John Wayne as Rooster, a mean, one-eyed U.S. Marshal. Wayne was wonderfully entertaining, but a great adaptation of "True Grit" must hinge on Mattie, and Kim Darby wasn't up to the part.
To quote Donna Tartt's terrific afterword to the 2004 edition, Mattie "is the perfect soldier, despite her sex. She is as tireless as a gun dog; and while we laugh at her single-mindedness, we also stand in awe of it." (That's why many of us compared the heroine of the recent book and movie "Winter's Bone" to Mattie.) The danger of the Coen Brothers doing Mattie's story was that they'd overly sexualize her character, gussy up her diction in some contemporary-profane way, and shade her adventure toward extreme, absurd cruelties.
So the PG-13 rating is encouraging, even if it is for "intense sequences of western violence including disturbing images." They are part of the book, too. Have you ever read Portis' masterpiece? Do you have fond memories of the first movie? How much are you looking forward to the second one?
'True Grit': A family-friendly Coen brothers film?
The Coen brothers may have made, of all things, a family film.
It just depends on the age of the kids in the family. Fans of Joel and Ethan Coen have been eagerly anticipating their Western True Grit, but few might have guessed it would have more in common with Treasure Island than No Country for Old Men.
A 1969 version of the story, starring John Wayne, also had a light touch, and though this adaptation is decidedly darker, it still has a winking playfulness — and a PG-13 rating.
Even executives at Paramount Pictures weren't certain when the brothers repeatedly promised that their hellfire and gunfire story would fit with a release date of Dec. 22.
"They were contemplating a holiday release, and we thought that it seemed to make sense, because it is a young-adult adventure story," Ethan Coen says.
"Tonally, it's different than what we've done before," Joel Coen says.
Most of the story plays as comedy: A headstrong prairie girl (13-year-old Hailee Steinfeld) bosses the disheveled Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) and a dimwitted Texas Ranger (Matt Damon) as they pursue the man who murdered her father.
"That's something people do associate with our movies, by and large: the fact that there is a humorous element," Joel Coen says.
Much of the comedy comes from the grandiloquence of the dialogue, with desperate people communicating with what seems to be comical ceremony, even as they plot murder.
"The only credit we can take from that is we didn't change it from the novel," Ethan Coen says of the 1968 novel by Charles Portis. "The dialogue is taken pretty much entirely from the book. There's a formality to it. And no one uses contractions."
The Coens chuckle at the idea that fathers and daughters might bond over this tale of a vengeance-seeking girl and her paternal surrogate.
They say they wanted to make the kind of movie they used to enjoy.
"As kids we did see the Disney movies and the kids' adventure stories of the day," Ethan Coen says. "It's also like Howard Pyle, the famous illustrator who did pirate stories. That's the stuff we were taken with as kids."
American Masters is kicking off it's new season with a profile of Jeff Bridges,
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Jeffrey Wells at Hollywood-Elsewhere isn't so high on the True Grit remake.
"The only credit we can take from that is we didn't change it from the novel," Ethan Coen says of the 1968 novel by Charles Portis. "The dialogue is taken pretty much entirely from the book."
Just from the trailers, I've noted numerous "changes" they've made to the dialogue. Their idea of "pretty much" is open for discussion.
I would love to know what motivated Jeff Bridges to wear the eye patch over his right eye instead of over his left eye as JW did in the original version of this film. Bridges is clearly right handed as some of the trailer clips show him firing his Winchester with the rifle stock up against his right shoulder and using his right hand to cock the rifle as well as pulling the trigger. Anyone who has ever fired a rifle, any rifle, with the weapon up against their right shoulder knows that it is impossible to line up the rear sight with the front sight using only their left eye to aim at a target. The right cheek is planted firmly up against the rifle stock and there is absolutely no way that the left eye can be used to sight in on a target. If he's shooting from the hip then it's not a problem but shooting with the butt of the rifle up against his right shoulder means that the shooter is not at all sure just where that bullet is going to wind up.
Also, it'll be interesting this time to see whether the actor Barry Pepper who now plays the role of Lucky Ned Pepper shoots with his right hand or his left. He was the "left handed" sharpshooter in Saving Private Ryan.
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