Tuesday, December 21, 2010

True Grit (1969)

In preparation for the upcoming release of the Coen brothers' remake, I figured it would be good to check out the original True Grit with John Wayne.
With the realization that film-making was not as sophisticated in the 1960s as it is now, it was still kind of shocked at the lack of real acting in this movie. The young girl who is the lead is just kind of annoying and not terribly convincing. Wayne himself goes from sober to drunk in no time flat with a couple of swigs of whiskey. I wasn't aware that a man of his size would get drunk that quickly.
Other than that, it was a interesting story with some strangely light moments.
I'm not a great fan of classic westerns, but this one was watchable even if it wasn't the greatest film overall.
I'm interested to see how the main elements of the original are handled in the remake. Just a guess, but the goofy drunken John Wayne scenes will probably be told as a serious drinking problem for Rooster, and not the comic levity. And hopefully the little girl in the new one can actually act.

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