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Re: True Grit (2010)
And I do know what you mean about Wayne, particularly in the original film. His incredible presence mixed with the way he would casually throw away some great Portis dialogue is why I've always loved that performance.
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|17th Apr 2014, 7:31||#13|
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Re: True Grit (2010)
And True Grit (1969) succeeded as another in a long and happy line of John Wayne vehicles where we got to see that the old man still had good movies in him.
In college, later, I read Portis's novel and appreciated the story line, wishing that it was possible for Hollywood to adapt a good book without making a much less good screenplay.
This was about the same time that a Robert Redford vehicle, Jeremiah Johnson, re-affirmed for me that Hollywood could screw up a stainless-steel ball bearing - raping as it did Vardis Fisher's historical novel Mountain Man, as well as the more factual Crow Killer: The Saga of Liver-Eating Johnson by Raymond Thorp and Robert Bunker - and doing something offensive and unkind to the memory of "Liver-Eating" Johnson, the real-life trapper of whose life and doings Redford's Jeremiah Johnson was a pale shadow.
The Coen Brothers came along while I was still alive to make my college-days wish come true, at least for True Grit.
I concur with you - not just a different film than the Hathaway version, the Coens' True Grit but a whole different approach to a film. While it's not the word-for-word BBC sort of screen adaptation I admire so much (no one does historical films and adaptations of classic novels like the Beeb), it's a respectable effort to get the research right and get the tone right, and convey a real experience to the viewer.
Each film, I think, did what it sought to do, and as you say, those were wildly different things, each admirable in its own way.
"The proper study of man is everything." C.S. Lewis
"Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make ridiculous." P.J. O'Rourke
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