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Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Coen Brothers' Remake of True Grit


Was very excited to attend the sneak preview of True Grit the other night at the Rave Theater in Little Rock. Another big hit on the way for the kookie Coen Brothers. You gotta love these guys and their quirky sense of humor, irony, and complete brutal violence that is more often than not displayed in films such as Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou, and No Country For Old Men...just to name a few of my favorites.

From the ever so reclusive Little Rockian, Charles Portis and his powerful book, True Grit, comes Rooster and Mattie roles that Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld were born for! Oscar noms for sure, SAGS in the bag...don't know what the Golden Globes' problem is. Matt Damon was good as La Boeuf but not enough screen time as was the case with Josh Brolin as the murdering Tom Chaney. The music and cinematography were spellbinding but, my most favorite scenes were when every time straight talking, slow shooting, Bible thumping, persevering Mattie Ross would tell Rooster a thing or two and Bridges' deadpan expressions of confusedness couldn't believe what was spilling from the wise old soul mouth of a 14 year old girl.

Can't wait to see the movie again when it officially opens on December 22, however I would really Di for a star sighting of my favorite author at his favorite bar. And in my dreams, the ever so reserved, Portis, would give me the interview everyone would love to have about what he really thinks of the new True Grit...Coen style. And if that never happens, Mr. Portis could just place his comment in the box below...