The Coen brothers are at it again continuing their epic journey into arcane American heroes in this remake of True Grit. This version an almost word for work, a carbon copy of the same original story. This going back to the novel written by Charles Portis, a writer still working in multiple genres. They have built a vehicle for yet another Jeff Bridges flick, in which he’ll make us forget that John Wayne originally played this role way back in 1969.
Bearded and wearing an eye patch, it’s not much of a stretch for Jeff Bridges, is excellent as Rooster Cogburn, an U.S. Marshal in the 1880s with a reputation for drinking heavy and being trigger happy. He encounters bad bandits and cowboy bystanders. So that suits a 14 year old Mattie, who is out to avenge the murder of her father by a no good rascal ranch hand named Chaney.
This is in contrast to a 20 or so year old Kim Darby in the original True Grit. So the newer younger Mattie has a profound effect on Cogburn as well as on a rival bounty hunter, a Texas Ranger, LaBoeuf. LaBoeuf is played by Matt Damon, which is an improvement on the original Glen Campbell, at least when his guitar isn’t twanging.
So this trio of cow folk head into Indian Territory, and have a series of adventures and encounters compliant with that era of time, some of it violent, others mysterious, and some even mordantly funny. The trio eventually run into another fellow in outlaw Ned Pepper, played by Barry Pepper, fitted with really really bad teeth.
What Others Are Saying About True Grit
This much-loved 1969 western gives the Duke one of his most memorable roles in the curmudgeonly, hard-drinking yet oddly likeable Rooster Cogburn.
Publish Date: 12/23/2010 4:06
With the opening of ‘True Grit‘ Dec. 22, audiences will finally have the chance to view one of the most anticipated movies of the year.
Publish Date: 12/21/2010 13:15
Review of True Grit starring Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld and Matt Damon and directed by the Coen Brothers.
Publish Date: 12/22/2010 3:13
ContributorNetwork – One would make a grave mistake if they walked into the Coen Brother’s True Grit and hope to compare this version to the iconic 1969 fi…
Publish Date: 12/22/2010 23:00
True Grit takes me back when I was a kid and would go see western movies with my father. The new remake, which Jeff Bridges plays the John Wayne role of Rooster Cogburn. For the most part he does give the character of Rooster edge and …
Publish Date: 12/22/2010 10:16
As expected, not too much goes according to plan with this group. Similar to the original Cogburn, John Wayne rambled about the indiscretions of his younger days and victims that he left in his wake. But the tobacco chewing, whiskey soaked Jeff Bridges carries himself like someone who knows he’s damned to hell, and suspects his reckoning may just lay around the next bend. Bridges’s Cogburn emerges as a transfixing figure.
True Grit takes its cues from Rooster, by showing cruel violent and unnervingly eloquent. The characters may be well defined by their disappointments, as this film excels in every respect.