Guest Post: 5 Reasons I’m looking forward to True Grit

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:

  1. 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.
  2. The Dude and Jason Bourne teamed up in a shoot’em up western, enough said.

  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

18 thoughts on “Guest Post: 5 Reasons I’m looking forward to True Grit

  1. Being a huge Coen Brothers fan, I’ve been anticipating the release of True Grit for a long time, and can’t wait to see it in less than a week. I didn’t realize it was only PG-13 though….that is a bit surprising. But, like you, I don’t believe the Coens have made a bad movie yet, and I definitely have high expectations for this one.

    1. Yeah, I didn’t realize about the rating until Ted pointed it out. It actually makes me want to see it more as I don’t care for excessive violence and gore.

  2. Ted S.

    Love those two posters of The Dude and Jason Bourne. I’m going to see the film opening night and will let you know if it lives up to my high expectations or not.

    1. Hey thanks a bunch for your contribution, Ted! Yeah, I love the character posters, they’re great aren’t they? Well if you’d be willing to give me the guest review that’d be awesome 🙂 I might not be able to see it until next year.

  3. Hmm… I don’t know how I feel about this one. I like both Jeff Bridges and the Coen Brothers, but the Dude can’t touch the Duke. No one can. I’m also somewhat surprised about the rating. The Coens aren’t ones to cater to the MPAA. Still, it doesn’t NEED to be R… I’ll be seeing it either way. 🙂

    1. Hello sir! I’d be surprised if you didn’t think that way about the Duke 😀 If you like the Coens and Bridges, I reckon you’d be in for a treat with this one. Hope it lives up to your expectation!

  4. Funk

    With the Cohen Bros making this western I do hope it turns out to be a classic, been anticipating this since I first read about it, way back when.
    Great list you have there, to round out my top 5 I’d add “The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and “The Magnificent Seven.

    1. Hi Funk, welcome to FC! Well, the Coens are known to be versatile enough to tackle many different genres, so I’m sure they can do a Western justice!

    2. Ted S.

      The Good the Bad and The Ugly is number 4 on my list and tied for number 5 are Tombstone and Open Range, yeah I know most won’t consider those last two “classics” because they’re pretty new westerns but I love them.

  5. Absolutely can’t wait and I definitely have very high expectations. I’m getting a nice trifecta of movies the week before Christmas with The Fighter, Black Swan and True Grit 🙂

    1. Wooow, what a fab trifecta you’ve got there Castor! Three different genres but all of them have been the critics’ darlings… looking forward to reading your reviews when I get back!

  6. I definitely can’t wait to check this one out!! I’m glad that it’s PG-13, because hopefully more younger audiences may be inspired to check out John Wayne classics!! Nice post!!

    1. I don’t know if I’m as intrigued to watch the John Wayne version but this one really does look intriguing. Hope it’ll be at least as good as the other Western remake, 3:10 to Yuma.

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