If someone had told me a year ago that I’d be eagerly anticipating a remake of True Grit, I’d have laughed. I’ve enjoyed the 1969 version with John Wayne and Glen Campbell for years. Who could possibly replace John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn? No one. To try would be a sacrilege . . . I really couldn’t imagine it.
Well, I can now.
Who else has seen the trailer for the remake that’s coming out this Christmas? If you haven’t, here it is . . .
What do you think? Can Jeff Bridges pull off the role that gave John Wayne his only Oscar? Judging by the trailer, I’m more than optimistic. Jeff Bridges has a solid track record of doing unique things with a role. My husband’s a fan of The Big Lebowski and so are my sons. I haven’t seen that movie, but I’ve seen Crazy Heart and I thought Jeff was great in it. He does burned-out and cantankerous extremely well! I also remember him from Starman with Karen Allen. He’s a solid actor and he looks the part of Rooster.
The new movie is by the Coen Brothers. I find their work a little off-putting, but my husband loves their movies, particularly No Country for Old Men. As for No Country, once I got over the gruesome beginning with Javier Bardem and paid attention to the story, I had to agree with my husband. The Coens are brilliant film makers. The movie is haunting. As for Javier, is that really the same guy who’s in Eat Pray Love? He’s another amazing actor.
I’m just as enthused about the supporting cast as I am about Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn.
In the 1969 version, Kim Darby played fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross, the girl seeking justice for her father’s murder. In the remake, the part went to an unknown actress named Hailee Steinfeld. In reviews I’ve read, it seems that this movie is her story to tell. The directors stuck more closely to the original book than the 1969 version. As a fun aside, I was visiting with a neighbor last night. I didn’t know it, but the producers of True Grit did a casting call here in Lexington, Kentucky for the role of Mattie. They needed a teenage girl who could ride. What better place to look than the city known as “The Thoroughbred Capital of the World?”
Josh Brolin plays Tom Chaney, the thief who killed Mattie’s father, and Matt Damon is Texas Ranger La Bouef. He’s also after Chaney. Glen Campbell played that roll in the 1969 version. La Bouef meets up with Cogburn and Mattie and the chase begins.
As a final touch, would anyone like to guess who does the song for the trailer? It’s Johnny Cash. I can’t think of a better fit.
The movie opens December 22nd. After all the family celebrations, I just might see if I can talk my husband into going to a movie on Christmas night. (Honey, if you’re reading this, I want movie passes for Christmas!) Anyone else? Are looking forward to this movie?