I was gonna save this for a Monday post, because I kinda gave myself a schedule for this blog a few months ago that included movie reviews on Mondays once a month. But fuck that!
We went to see True Grit yesterday around dinner time. Gia recently (like two days ago) lost her job, and I thought that would open up opportunities for us to go to the movies every once in a while. See? I always look on the bright side of things. A movie...a little dinner...I'm there for her.
I was equal parts looking forward to this film and dreading it. Looking forward to it because I love the Coen Brothers and Jeff Bridges. Dreading it because the original film with John Wayne is one of the favorite films of my childhood. I think the looking forward to it part was a bit greater than the dreading it part, but it was a fine line for me.
Turns out, I needn't have worried. True Grit is absolutely amazing! I couldn't have been more happy with the new film, and it didn't detract at all from my love of the original one. Sure, Jeff Bridges isn't John Wayne. But John Wayne wasn't Jeff Bridges! And the rest of the cast of the new film were far better actors than the ones who played those roles in the original. Well, most of them. Barry Pepper as Ned Pepper (hey!) was really good, but I can't say he was better than Robert Duvall. In fact, there was one moment where he sounded almost EXACTLY like Robert Duvall as Ned Pepper. I don't know if he did that on purpose, or if it was just something that I projected onto his performance. Probably the latter. But overall...great performances in the new film. Really amazing.
And the cinematography and the score of the film were both amazing. I rarely notice that while watching a film because I'm a character and dialogue guy, but I really noticed both at quite a few times yesterday while watching it.
Bottom line...go see it.
And if you have 48 minutes to kill, listen to this interview with the Coen Brothers on NPR. Cool stuff!