True Grit becomes one I really want to check out after seeing the trailer, it’ll be the first film from the Coen brothers I’m actually excited about. But my good friend and frequent FC contributor Ted S. has been anticipating this movie for quite some time. So why not let him share the five main reasons why he can’t wait to see it.
First off I just wanted to say that I’ve never read the book or seen the original film from 1969 starring John Wayne, so I’m going into this movie with not much knowledge about the story. I think most people my age (early 30’s and younger) probably doesn’t even know that this is a remake and based on a novel, I’m just assuming here so if you’re in your 20s or early 30s and have seen the original film and/or have read the novel then good for you.
Anyhoo, here are five reasons why I’m so excited to see this film on the big screen:
- The Coen Bros. They’re on my list of great filmmakers working in Hollywood today. In my opinion they haven’t made a “bad” movie yet, some might argue that The Ladykillers is probably their worst film but I really enjoyed it even though it got trashed by most critics and didn’t even make any money at the box office. Blood Simple, Fargo, Miller’s Crossing and No Country For Old Men are my favorite films of theirs.
- The Dude and Jason Bourne teamed up in a shoot’em up western, enough said.
- It’s Western and Hollywood doesn’t make a lot them these days. When I was very young, I’ve seen those spaghetti western films starry Clint Eastwood many times and since then I’ve always love watching western, even bad ones. My top three favorite westerns are Unforgiven, The Wild Bunch and The Outlaw Josey Whales. Hopefully this new True Grit will be on that list too.
- Roger Deakins. He’s the cinematographer on this film and many others, he shot the great looking The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. I believe he had shot most if not all of The Coen bros. films.
- The PG-13 rating, this is I believe it’s the Bros’ only second PG rated film, the other being The Hudsucker Proxy. When I first saw the trailer for True Grit, I thought for sure it was going to be a brutal R rated western and was quite surprise when it got a PG-13 rating. So I’m quite curious to see how tame the violence is in this film. I’m sure most of you who are fans of The Coens bros. know how much they love to shoot violent films.
So, who’s with us? Anyone else excited for this film?