Wednesday, December 22, 2010

True Grit


True Grit opened today and I caught the 12:50 show. You probably know the basic plot: 14-year-old Mattie hires grizzled Deputy Marshal Rufus "Rooster" Cogburn to track down Tom Cheney, who'd killed and robbed Mattie's father. Also on Cheney's track is a Texas Ranger, LeBoeuf, who wants to return Cheney to Texas on a murder charge. This doesn't sit well with Mattie, who wants Cheney to suffer for the crime against her father. This leads to conflict on the trail as the trio set out to find their quarry, believed to have thrown in with the Ned Pepper gang.

The movie is by turns gritty, funny, touching, suspenseful, and uplifting. Mattie's sense of moral purpose and Cogburn's world-weary manner provide a fine contrast and grist for many an amusing exchange. The same goes for the one-upmanship moments between Rooster and LeBoeuf. Also, the grim experiences Mattie has along the trail transform her from a pushy kid to a more self-aware young woman. The actress who played the part is excellent, as are all the other players.

I hope this movie will be enjoyed by the great unwashed and not just Western fans, and it leads to more quality films in the genre being produced. I loved it. Even the damn fool on the other end of the aisle who felt the need to audibly react to every scene didn't sully my enjoyment of the movie. I loved it and recommend it wholeheartedly.

As you might have guessed, the illo here has nothing to do with the film.

6 comments:

Bill Crider said...

Sounds great. I hope I get to see it on the Big Screen. And ain't retirement great, going to movies at noon on Wednesday and such.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Great film. We all enjoyed the heck out of it.

Laurie Powers said...

Can't wait to see it. Thanks for the review here and on my blog, Bob.

Ron Scheer said...

Thanks. Knowing it passed the critical judgment of the Cap'n, Patti, and Ebert is all I need to know.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

So far retirement has been less than fun, what with my ruined shoulder and dealing with faceless bureaucracies. It ought to improve in a few months. Also, the bad part about retirement is that when I do go out during the day the roads are clogged with a bunch of old geezers.

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

What do you think of it in comparison to the original?