I know I said when I started this blog that I would throw in the occasional book review, but my first review on this blog is going to be about the truly wonderful movie I just saw. True Grit is the latest offering from the Cohen brothers and if you have seen any of their other movies you know you are going to be in for a treat.
I haven’t seen the original True Grit with John Wayne (or if I have it was not very memorable) so I cannot compare the two like other reviews. John Wayne won a best actor Oscar for his part as Rooster Cogburn in the original movie, and Jeff Bridges is up for best actor in this version. If he wins have there ever been two actors win for the same role in different movies before? Something to look up in my spare time.
The movie is up for 10 Academy awards in total and while that doesn’t necessarily mean mass appeal, in this case they are certainly earned. I think what appealed to me the most was the beautiful language used. I was commenting to my friend after the movie about how even the bad guys were polite and eloquent. Not a cuss word to be heard.
The setting was beautiful with lots of moonlight shots of forests and plains, with a starkness that showed how lonely life would have been out there back then.
I think the best thing about this movie though was the relationship of the young girl, Mattie Ross with the crusty old US Marshall Rooster Cogburn. She is a determined young miss who mentions her age (14) at every opportunity. She wants the murderer of her father hunted down and has hired Cogburn to do it.
They clash at every turn as he is a drunkard and she is an annoying brat. There are some very funny moments with their encounters with travellers along the way. I found this movie totally satisfying to watch and it shows how master storytellers can put a beautiful movie together without swearing or too much blood and still make it seem like an action packed western.
On another topic, I haven’t written in a while as I have been in a bit of a rut. It is so easy for a lazy girl to go back to bad habits. Hot weather makes it worse unfortunately. I will try to go a bit better this time.