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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

TRUE GRIT 2010 "Fill Your Hand"

Trailers often give away the best scenes of any movie, although the controversies on the remake of True-Grit is not the story line, but the only roll earning the Duke an Oscar. Many do not believe that Jeff Bridges will have what it takes to pull the well remembered rolled played by John Wayne.

Directors, Joel and Ethan Coen follow the story closer towards the Charles Portis novel and have made some incredibly great movies, (Fargo, Burn after Reading, No Country for Old Men) are among their credits. The Coen brothers have built a reputation as one of the most visionary and idiosyncratic filmmakers of the  21th century. Combining thoughtful eccentricity, wry humor, arch irony, and often brutal violence, their films  have become synonymous with a style of filmmaking that pays tribute to classic American movie.  

Vernon Mortensen had the opportunity to see the sneak preview. While he gave the movie a thumbs up, he stated "Very faithful to the original movie but with some interesting performances. I recommend it just to see Barry Pepper." Pepper has played many important roles and western screens such as his role in "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" directed and cast with Tommy Lee Jones.

Vernon has a strong insight understanding the movie industry. He has worked as a producer with movies Universal Dead, The Kid: Chamaco and a western in the works titled "The Sorrow" that I'm anxiously waiting to see. Although Vernon also knows the real world being born in Bangkok, Thailand to parents that worked as Christian Missionaries. Vernon also served 20 years with the US Navy in the Navy Special Warfare operations assigned with the Navy Special Boat Units and SEAL Teams.

The Sneak peek came as a special invitation in San Diego where Vernon today makes his home just outside the City. I asked Vernon about the casting of Jeff Bridges and his performance. "You know, Jeff Bridges put his own stamp on the Rooster role. I think they could do another one with him as Rooster," stated Vernon.
Since I'll just have to wait and see it on Christmas Day, I have to go with what my friend Vernon has shared with me and the reputation of the Coen brothers.

I have like several remakes such as the 2007, "3:10 to Yuma" directed by James Mangold. I actually thought it was better much due to the improvements and technology available to the film industry today. I believe this will be the same case here as this movie is not about John Wayne. He was a great actor portraying the American Cowboy that can never be replaced, but this is about a story line that current generations may believe the same about Jeff Bridges portraying in the years to come.

The Coen brothers have done well with their previous casting and the line up in True Grit featuring Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn, Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross, Matt Damon as LaBoeuf, Josh Brolin portraying Tom Chaney, and Barry Pepper in the roll of Lucky Ned Pepper.  Steven Spielberg joined the team as executive producer working with the Coen's.

Rest assured, I'll be taking my son to the movies Christmas day so I can see for my self. My gut feeling, "I don't believe I'll be disappointed."

Roger Edison


  1. Don't waste your money going to see the remake of True Grit.They can't warm up John Wayne.The dialog was so hokey I could hardly sit through it.

    Deborah Sanders Lawrence

  2. Last night the entire family, six of us, went to see the new "True Grit" and all agreed it is a winner. Tonight, Kathy and I watched the original and it's amazing, both stand tall, with slight differences and advantages.

    Bob Boze Bell
    True West Publishing
    Executive Editor
    Cave Creek, Arizona

  3. Much better than the 1969 version. Jeff Bridges does Rooster more justice.
    Bart McQueary

  4. Words can't even describe how much I loved this movie--first GOOD movie I've seen in the longest time. Loved everything about it (acting, soundtrack, cinematography, etc)
    Lizzie Butler

  5. The Duke would be proud. This was a great movie and Jeff Bridges does indeed have true grit.
    Michael Gilbert

  6. I liked the movie but it wasn't "great". Everyone is gaga over the girl who is adorable but to me, she sounded like she was reading her lines instead of saying them.