True Grit Review

By: Chandler Cox
By: Chandler Cox

True Grit remake is almost out of theaters so I had to see it.

True Grit has been in theaters for over a month and it's up for a bunch of Oscars so I thought I better see it so I can see if it deserves the awards it's nominated for.

True Grit was a novel written by Charles Portis in 1968. It was made into a movie the following year starring John Wayne.  Forty one years later, Jeff Bridges takes over the role of Rooster Cogburn in the remake of the beloved film.

The movie is about a young girl named Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld). Her father was murdered and she wants justice, or revenge, whichever she can get. She hires Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), a U.S. Marshal, to help her find her father's killer in the indian mountains. They also get the help of Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) before leaving town.

As they search for their man, Mattie must prove she is strong enough to follow her hired men to the end. Cogburn and LaBoeuf don't hit it off so well resulting in uneeded casulties.

The film was shot well and had some of the best acting I have ever seen in a western movie. I think, however, that Jeff Bridges should have been named supporting actor to Hailee Steinfeld because of her commanding presence in the film and that it starts and ends with her. Bridges was just her hired hand...but I don't pick the Oscars.

True Grit is still playing at the Regal and is rated PG-13.

On a side note, I turned on the TV when I got home from the movies and the original 1969 True Grit was just starting so I watched it. I thought, "What are the odds it would be on after I just watched the new one?" but the odds were not too bad I found out because it has been airing a lot recently with True Grit going for an Oscar and people wanting to see if it did better than the original.

I was able to compare them both very well since I watched them back to back. John Wayne does a great job of course but I liked all the actors better in the new one, especially Hailee Steinfeld. The girl in the original was hardly commanding in her role but there were not that many child actors back then.

Both movies had almost the exact same lines throughout them so the script was barely touched. There were some tweeks here and there but not far off from each other. One huge difference between them, a main character dies at the end of one of the films while the other - they live. Who is it? Guess you're gonna have to watch both!

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