Sound Off: The Coen Brothers' 'True Grit' - What Do You Think?
by Alex Billington
December 26, 2010
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Retribution. The Coen Brothers are back once again with their 15th feature film - True Grit - a re-adaptation of the original Charles Portis novel that was adapted in 1969 into the John Wayne western. It's the first time the brothers have worked with Jeff Bridges since The Big Lebowski in '98 and they almost gave up until they found 14-year-old actress Hailee Steinfeld to star as Mattie Ross. So how is it? Is it one of the Coens' best films or one of their worst? What was your favorite part (acting, visuals, story)? If you've seen it, leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on True Grit!
Notice: For reference, every Sound Off article we publish automatically contains a SPOILER warning for all content "below the jump" or anything below this paragraph, even though I always try to keep spoilers to a minimum in my own thoughts, however they occasionally slip through. It is meant to be an open and free place to discuss, with spoilers, your thoughts on a film after seeing it. Please be aware of this in the future.
To fuel the fire, I've seen the Coen Bros' True Grit twice (but haven't seen the original or read the book) and I like it a lot, but it's not my favorite movie of the year by any means and it is definitely not the best movie of the year - it's just not that good. Joel and Ethan are some of the best technical filmmakers, so there's always plenty to admire, but I felt the story just seemed a bit simple. I'm probably going to get crap for saying that, but it was just a very basic revenge story, no twists, she just kills him and that's that. I loved all of the actors, especially Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges, and even Hailee Steinfeld held her own. My biggest problems lie in the overly abrupt and pay-off-less ending, but that seems to be something the Coens are fond of these days.
What did you think of the Coen Bros' True Grit? A new western classic or a boring "remake"?