Cornwall ON – To some John Wayne purists making a remake of True Grit is sacrilege. Even today the Duke still is a huge presence in our culture and film history.
The Coen Brothers didn’t so much as do a remake of True Grit any more than Baz Lurhman’s Romeo & Juliet was a remake of the Zefferelli movie.
Yes, the Coen’s trademark film mastery is present, but there’s more to this film. The cadence of the script is a remarkable and huge task to consistently play through the film. The rawness of the west and some of the harsh and cruel realities scream across the screen.
This isn’t about happy endings and traditional Horse Soaps. This is about taking the Shakespearean Zeitgeist and applying it to Americana’s finest tradition; the Western.
The acting is superb. While Jeff Bridges will be an odds on fave to win best actor again it was the non Kim Darby annoying performance of Hailee Steinfeld that stole this picture. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a high octane list of nominees for Best Supporting actress for this year’s Oscar’s but certainly Ms Steinfeld has to be a fan favorite for an award that favours newcomers like Tatum O’Neil in Paper Moon.
The magic of character that evolves through a 14 year old girl losing her father to her emotional arc between The Reuben Cogburn character and the Matt Damon Texas Ranger truly was spectacular. I won’t give anything away, but the ending was superb.
This movie shows you don’t need 3D or talking rats to entertain and fulfill a movie audience.
It’s been a superb year for films with character in 2010 which is amazing for lovers of film and really hard for Oscar selections.
I highly recommend True Grit. Kudos the Coen’s and the entire cast and crew for making film magic!
Jamie Gilcig is a screenwriter and film producer. His first creation to make it to film ended up being nominated for the 2003 Oscar for Best Feature Documentary; Prisoner of Paradise.