Saturday, January 29, 2011

Week 5:True Grit

This one is for you H.C.!

Okay, so I must start this post off with a disclaimer. I have never been a fan of westerns. I don't usually go to them, don't really like to read them, and have very little experience watching them. This week we decided to take our hubbies with us, and decided a more "manly" movie would be a good choice. it goes.

I was extremely impressed with Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld. Jeff Bridges was amazing in his role. He never seemed to break character at all, and totally believable as a drunken, marshall. He made me laugh, cridge, and feel a little sad, all as I was suppose to be. Hailee Steinfeld was really amazing as a 14 year old actor (as well as her character being 14). I found myself forgetting she was only 14, which was the point of the movie, I believe. She was living past her years. Her ability to capture the character and take the bull by the horns was amazing as an upcoming teen star. I look forward to seeing her abilities in other films.

Matt Damon's character was goofy. Maybe that was really what he was suppose to be, but as a cowboy/marshall, I didn't buy it. He is one of my favorite actors too! Didn't do it for me this time.

The movie moved a little slow for me in the beginning, I think the last 40 minutes was the best part, but I think setting up the stage and getting to that part was slow. There was too much dialogue that seemed unnecessary. Some of it did set up a "feel" for the characters, but thought it was a little much.

All in all, I could see how the actors received their nominations... I was impressed, as a Western, I think it was a little slow, even for a non-western fan. I have to say, it was about 3.5 popcorn kernels and a 5 kernel scale.

Check back in day or two! We have big things happening this week at two sisters and a movie (ok, maybe not the oscar's big, but big for two Montana girls!)



  1. I'm surprised you didn't like Matt Damon that much. I thought he was hilarious.

  2. Did you ever see the original with John Wayne? I have not seen this one yet, so can't compare them,but the original was epic.

  3. I haven't and I don't think Deb has either. Yeah, it would be cool to see how they compare.

  4. No, I never have seen the original! Will have to put that on my list. That would be a good reveiw idea, compare an old movie with it's remake!

  5. Deb, I have the original "True Grit" on DVD, as well as the book by Charles Portis, which is an easy read! I am willing to loan the DVD out if you and Tiff will compare and review. Thanks for the tribute you gave to me. I studied the "John Wayne Syndrome" in my police academy days. It originated from the movie and means a lot to anyone in law enforcement. Matt Damon played a great Texas Ranger role, as did Glen Campbell in the original. Now you know why I love True Grit! I had tried to convince Tiff to go and I'm glad you went and took the men with you.

  6. I'm glad this film is receiving so many Academy Award nominations. The Coen brothers did a terrific job with the material. It's not as powerful as Fargo or No Country for Old Men, but it's still great nonetheless. I really hope Roger Deakins will finally win Best Cinematography, he deserved it many other times in the past. Great review by the way!