Fill Your Hands, You Son of a Bitch
A re-make of the original 1969 movie with John Wayne, True Grit is one of the best movies in theatres right now. Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridgers), a Deputy Marshal, is sought out by 14 year old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) to avenge her father’s death. Rooster doesn’t take the young girl serious and continues about his business (which appears to be drinking heavily – how do I get that job?). Mattie is then approached by a Texas Ranger named LaBeouf (Matt Damon) for any information she can provide him about the murderer Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin). Through consistency and great persuasion, Rooster is hired by Mattie. Hailee Steinfeld gives an amazing performance in this movie as she sets out on the trail with Damon and Bridges on each side.
I made the one mistake of watching the original True Grit AFTER I saw the newer version. I know, I know…that’s not like you??…I KNOW, ok.…I came out of theater with my old man knowing that the original was going to have a tough time beating the Cohen brother’s version. In fact, Dad even said “YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THE ORIGINAL!?” – I know Dad, I suck…I love John Wayne movies too! To my surprise a lot of the movie was verbatim to the original. With the given, better cameras and a few small things here and there, I was pleasantly surprised with the original. I’m not sure that John Wayne deserved an Oscar for his performance as Rooster, but like my Grandma said, “He deserved one for ONE of his movies…guess they just figured this one was as good as any of the others…” Ohhh, Grandmas…(Watched True Grit over the Holidays if you haven’t figured it out yet)
I suggest going to see this movie, but do yourself a favor and watch the original first. You don’t HAVE TO (use the HAVE TO) but I would suggest it…but then again…what do I know.
Nic D. Movie Scale 4.5/5
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