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Early Oscar Pick


While I was away for Christmas, my family members and I caught "True Grit" which
features Jeff Bridges as the bloody Rooster Cogburn and a sparkling performance by first-timer Hallee Steinfeld as the gritty, sharp-tongued Mattie Ross.

Jeff Bridges expands and clarifies the Cogburn role made famous by John Wayne in the original. I'm sure there are many die-hard Wayne fans that aver his performance was the ultimate expression of the boozy, burnt out marshall with a weakness for doomed adventures. I'm happy to state that Bridges brings a contemporary flair to the role that the Coen brothers seize in their teeth, six-guns blazing.

Jeff Bridges for Best Actor in 2010.

Comments (52)

Steve M:

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Doc Al:

Wait a minute - didn't John Wayne have the patch over the other eye?

Ed B:

The Duke abides...



Cool illustration. I haven't seen a trailer for the movie yet, & I doubt I'll see the movie--but it would be nice to see some of the old classics redone faithful to the storyline of the originals, but with the period "cheeziosity" removed.

One example is "Planet of the Apes". Great concept, & the original story was good--but the 2001 version with Marky Mark was a big letdown.


I'm sure Hollywood/Bridges/Coen will call the switch "inadvertent"--but EVERYTHING in Hollywood is a political statement.

I'm surprised they didn't do a version with Tina Fey as Sarah Palin doing Mattie Ross. Then they could have just blindfolded her & given her a Gatling gun, eliminating the need for both Rooster & La Boeuf & cutting the movie's "star" budget by heaps. Uh, never mind--Hollywood movie budgets rarely decrease (although they do make money hand over fist using accounting "principles" that wouldn't fly in any other industry).

John Cox:


I suggest this is not a "remake" as much as a redefinitiion. The Coen brothers really nail the the hard-bitten nature of Western law and the struggle for survival. PLUS: no Glen Campbell (aweful!) and no Kim Darby (stiff and way too prescious).

Give it a shot and be open to a grittier presentation.



I get your point. A lot of those old movies are so cheezy (or have aspects that are so cheezy) that, in retrospect, they have a a Fellini-esque quality to them (& I mean that in the worst way).

I don't have any problem with updating, altering storylines & dialogue, or in some cases even reinterpretation, but I hate it when they arbitrarily alter key points & really fudge them up.

Still, I'll wait to see it on the cheap (if at all).

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