True Grit was originally a book by Charles Portis. In 1969, a year after the books release, a movie adaptation was made, this movie starred John Wayne as, a character with true grit, Reuben (Rooster) Cogburn. John Wayne won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award (Oscar) for his performance; this was the only time, in his entire career, that Wayne got an Oscar. Although the book was a standalone story, the movie had two sequels. The first, of these sequels, also starred John Wayne and followed the same basic story as its predecessor. The second, on the other hand, starred Warren Oates; this sequel was made-for-TV, which shows the decline in popularity from the first, which did so well, and its sequels.
The 2010 version is not just a simple remake. It’s the reopening of a genre of movie that hasn’t really been explored in film lately; hopefully it will be more successful than when Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino brought back Grindhouse. Even if you’re not a fan of westerns, it’ll be interesting to see how modern technology affects the genre.
The movie is about a fourteen year old girl called Mattie, who hires Cogburn, an aging US marshal, to help catch Tom Chaney, the man that killed her father. Mattie is determined to go along on the search, even though Cogburn tries to stop her. A Texas Ranger called La Boeuf, is also looking for Chaney and goes along with Mattie and Cogburn, against Mattie’s will.
This version is closer to the book than the first one. The book is narrated by Mattie, as an old woman who is retelling the events of how she avenged her father’s death. The new movie is also narrated by an older Mattie, but this was left out of the original movie, possibly to leave it open for sequels.
The new True Grit, and its cast, has already been nominated for many awards, including the Oscar for best actor (Jeff Bridges is nominated). Winning awards isn’t anything new for the cast, Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges play La Boeuf and Cogburn respectively, both of which already have an Oscar. The movie is already been released in the US, but it doesn’t come out in Ireland until the 11th of February, the day after it opens for the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.
What do you think of this movie? Do you think this is the return of westerns? If so, do you think it’s a good think? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.