Thoughts on True Grit

Sunday, December 26, 2010 11:25 AM By Simon

-You know.

-I love the voice/accent Hailee Steinfeld has on.

-She, this girl, still a child, still somewhat naive, but, at the very least, the best negotiater ever committed to screens.

-I hope she plays Katniss in the Hunger Games movie. There.

-Barry Pepper gets a pretty good supporting role as leader of the gang Josh Brolin's Tom Chaney is currently with, a vicious outlaw who is nonetheless quite noble.

-Jeff Bridges growls out his lines in the sauciest manner possible. Matt Damon is a half noble, half bitchy Texas Ranger. Josh Brolin puts on a stupid act, but when nobody's around, he's a nasty fuck.

-In a way, this might be the first movie where the Coens leave out all the quirks and spin a straight Western. Not as epic as the trailers would have you believe, and the last act felt anticlimatic, or incomplete.

-Fuck the Oscars, this is the best soundtrack of the year. That isn't all the other ones. Top 10, anyway.

-Terribly sorry that my content as of late has been kind of shitty. There's no more inspiration, man.


SugaryCynic said...


I knew right from the trailer that girl would be good. You can usually tell within two lines whether a child actor will make you want to strangle them or not

December 26, 2010 at 12:14 PM
Yojimbo_5 said...

I think the anti-climactic nature of the "Mission" is absolutely deliberate and right (as opposed to the 1969 version), and shows the selfish-obsessive nature of Mattie's quest—that ride on Little Blackie makes her review the losses suffered through her desire for revenge...right up to Cogburn's "Too old for this." I also love the constant emphasis of religion as a source of Mattie's strength and self-righteousness, throwing her into an interesting perspective, all of which is helped by Burwell's hymn-based score.
Good movie, this. And I'm glad it was the Coens who did it.

December 26, 2010 at 2:37 PM
Lindsay Frost said...

I hope she plays Katniss in the Hunger Games and not some stupid air-head girl! I want to see this movie.

December 27, 2010 at 9:35 AM
Simon said...

Sugary: She's awesome, yes.

Yojimbo: You put it better than I ever could.

Lindsay Frost: See it! SEEEEEEEEE IIIIIIIT!

December 27, 2010 at 4:40 PM
Fitz said...

She paid a lot for a course of revenge that in the end didn't make that big of a difference.

December 28, 2010 at 2:02 PM
Anonymous said...

I liked that scene with the dead trees... with the hanging man. It was pretty.

January 4, 2011 at 9:27 PM
Simon said...

Fitz: Well, we got a decent movie out of it. And, hey, at least she gets to make fun of a funny little man named LaBeoeuf for years to come.

Franz: You'd like my sister.

January 5, 2011 at 11:59 AM