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Quint says The Coen Bros' TRUE GRIT outperforms the original film in every respect!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with my thoughts on the newest effort from The Coen Bros, a remake of True Grit starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and young Hailee Steinfeld.

I’m pleased as punch to report that True Grit joins the ranks of such films as The Wizard of Oz, The Maltese Falcon and John Carpenter’s The Thing in the very small group of remakes that are superior to the originals. The John Wayne film is iconic in its own right, but not the best put together movie in the world. Especially when it comes to the role of Mattie Ross, the young girl who hires a grizzled old ranger to hunt down the man who killed her Pa. In the original this role proved to be the weakest link, which is a shame because it’s the linchpin role of this particular tale. Kim Darby’s not much of an actress, turning in her best role as the goofy mother in BETTER OFF DEAD, in my opinion… She tries in the original, don’t get me wrong, but never feels right. Especially when you see Hailee Steinfeld in the remake. She just obliterates Darby, but to be fair she obliterates all but best child actors, she’s that good. I’m talking awards season good. If 2010 was Chloe Moretz’s year, I think 2011 could be Hailee Steinfeld’s. Mark my words you’re going to see a race by some of the top dramatic filmmakers to cast her up. It’s rare that any actor, let alone a child actor, can hit that perfect note, that effortless but nuanced delivery especially in a character like Mattie Ross. Mattie could be a grating (as we saw with Ms. Darby’s performance) character. A young, stubborn, morally righteous 14 year old girl out for the capture of the man who killed her father who can spit out words like Tommy guns can bullets is a tough nut to crack, but Steinfeld does it. She’s not alone. Jeff Bridges won his Oscar for Crazy Heart last year, a solid movie, but one I never could get on board with. His Rooster Cogburn is much more layered than Wayne’s was, a bit more believable as a drunk and a badass. From his drawl to his posture to the way he uses silence, Bridges crafts a screen icon. I lost sight of Jeff Bridges early on. The same can’t be said of Mr. Wayne. Strangely, there’s not a huge difference between the original film and this one, but the original (which is playing in the background as I write this) feels like a rough draft compared to the Coens’ movie. The most notable difference is in tone. The original is a little more cartoony and light whereas the Coens version carries a bit more weight. Not just in the performances, but in the overall mood, thanks greatly to some career best work from cinematographer Roger Deakins. I’ve seen some beautiful movies this year, including The Black Swan, but nothing has awed me like Deakins’ work in True Grit. From the very first frame of golden light spilling from an open doorway out into a dark, snowy night illuminating the body of Mattie’s daddy, every shot and every angle is a work of art. If Deakins doesn’t win the Oscar (I’m taking it as a given he’ll be nominated) I will riot in the streets. Well, not really. I’ll more likely mutter “Bullshit” at my TV, but it amounts to the same general feeling. There’s just an ease to this film that is almost hypnotic. The world feels real, the people feel real and the story is engaging, always moving. I have a feeling True Grit will be one of my most rewatched movies of 2010. I know I wanted to watch it again as the credits were rolling and as I sit here thinking back on it (while stealing glimpses at the weaker version of the story) I wish I could put the flick on. I mentioned the realness of the world above and I thought I’d clarify that a little bit because I don’t want to give the wrong impression. Nothing is forced in this film. There’s no awkward bit of exposition or one-liner that feels like someone at a computer trying to be smart. Some theatricality does exist in this film, there are big performances and sweeping vistas bending light through a lens that is bigger and grander than what most will likely ever see, but to me that’s the real art of cinema: finding that sweet spot between reality and fantasy. That sweet spot is hit big time in this movie.

The movie features no great twist, no deep meaning… it’s a straight forward adventure tale following three incredibly gifted actors portraying three incredibly likable characters. I’ve already praised Bridges and Steinfeld, but I also have to give some love to Matt Damon. From the trailer I wasn’t sure I would like his portrayal of the Texas Ranger La Boeuf, which seemed to be an exaggeration. You know what I’m talking about “I thought you were going to say the sun was in your eyes… that is to say… yer eeeeyyyyeeee.” But I’m happy to say that within the context of the movie, bouncing off of Bridges’ big, but not over-the-top grumpy badass and Steinfeld’s adultly determined personas it’s the perfect fit. And there’s a reason for the way he delivers that line in the trailer, but I won’t spoil it here. Much like Ms. Steinfeld, Damon acts circles around Glen Campbell in the original and really elevates the character. It’s easy to show us that La Boeuf is a bit of a cocky prick, but in order to show his full arc and make the audience buy the journey you have to see him broken down a bit, too. He’s the third wheel in this group and he’s constantly made aware of that fact. Over time that breaks him down a bit and that’s when the threesome really gels. The Coens are firing on all cylinders at the moment. This is perhaps their most mainstream film, but still they find a way to inject their unique sense of humor and quirky characters (my favorite being the crazy mountain man doctor). They made a Western that takes itself seriously without becoming indulgent, a beautiful film that doesn’t wallow in its own gorgeousness and a character piece that hits every note just right as the story unfolds. In short, they’ve made one of my favorite movies of the year and one I can’t wait to watch again upon release, especially if I can see it with a raucous crowd. There are many cheer moments as well as few scream moments, but mostly I just want to be around others as they take this flick in for the first time. And watch it again. That, too. -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST


    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:21 p.m. CST


    by sonnyfern

    -I can't wait for this damn thing.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST

    That Deakins has never won is criminal

    by BadMrWonka

    that Carter Burwell has never even been NOMINATED is just a complete travesty, and shows how much of a joke the academy can be at times. <p>And I know that Deakins really should have won for The Assassination of Jesse James, but at least he lost to There Will Be Blood...but in 1994 he lost out on the Oscar for Shawshank to LEGENDS OF THE FALL. I mean come on...

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Yeah, really. Where are the Tron reviews?

    by TheUltimateMathTeacher

    This movie looks great. Can't wait to see it.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Surprised? Of course not.

    by Sardonic

    Jizz? Everywhere? I think so.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Where can I get a copy of that poster?

    by JAG_off

    Signed by the Coens, even? That would be a score and a half. And I have a feeling this movie will be up there on my list of favorites, along with Departed and No Country. Can't fuckin wait.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Good News

    by Rebeck2

    You mean movies aren't dead?

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    "Damon acts circles around Glen Campbell"

    by Blanket-Man

    Blasphemer!!! GC ruled as LeBoeuf! Still, can't wait to see this. I haven't paid to see a Western since... hmmm, never?

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST

    The Wizard of Oz


    is "in the very small group of remakes that are superior to the originals."?

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    No mention of Brolin either?

    by Sardonic

    I'm curious about his work as a villain. Other than W., of course.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Glad you liked it Quint

    by MGTHEDJ

    Glen Campbell was the weakest link in the original. It would be like the role in 2010 going to Kenny Chesney or Brad Paisley. I too noticed from the trailer Hailee Steinfeld's performance is far less "Post World War II Hollywood Child Actor Style" than Kim Darby's turn in the role.<p>Deakins better win that Oscar. He should have won for "No Country for Old Men." The shots at the "deal gone bad" area will be studied for decades!-----later-----m

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Gonna get me a chunk of this

    by tiggr009

    Looked good from the trailer, but I think it'll take some time getting used to Damon in a western.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Wizard of Oz: Beoooowulf

    by Franky_Four_Fingers

    There was a silent version of the film released in 1925 which is considered the first adaptation of the novel. I'm not gonna lie....I had to look it up because I too was stumped by Quint's statement.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    1910 Wizard of Oz

    by bah

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST



    Wow. Thanks!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Can't fucking wait.

    by Ironhelix

    This looks so good.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Awesome news, Quint.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Thanks for the review. I'm definitely looking forward to this one - seems like another perfect alignment of all those involved (just like NCFOM).

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST

    I'm betting nobody's seen Tron because...

    by Mazzer's a piece of crap and the studio is withholding it. Time will tell.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9 p.m. CST

    Elswitt deservedly won for There Will Be Blood

    by Lovecraftfan

    I love Assassination and No Country but Blood should have won.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    How can you compare 1960's True Grit to current?

    by Drunken Busboy

    The times were completely different. It's like comparing 1930's Paul Muni's Scarface to 1980's Al Pacino. Both were right for the times. True Grit was considered edgy and violent back then. I also thought Kim Darby was pretty good playing a righteous kid though she did look way older than the character was.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Here's to the original

    by Ray Garraty #47

    The fact that you called it "the weaker version" or whatever exact words you used pissed me off a little. There's room enough for both, and I've been waiting for this remake for months, but the original is a goddamn classic. Boo, Quint. Respect the ghosts of films past.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    John Wayne was John Wayne...

    by lock67ca

    In pretty much everything he did. He could never really disappear into a character. Just like Jack. People wouldn't want it any other way. So it's great to see another actor take on this role, and hit it out of the park.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    say what? Wizard of Oz????

    by MurderMostFowl

    The Wizard of OZ isn't a remake.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    ok even if there's a silent OZ

    by MurderMostFowl

    I don't think it's quite the same as a remake. They're two different movies based on the book. <BR><BR> Would you consider Disney's Aladdin a remake?

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Re: Oz remake

    by Teko

    @Murder: as Franky_Four_Fingers pointed out, The Wizard of Oz was originally filmed in 1910, then remade in 1925, and remade again in 1939. The '39 MGM film is the only one worth seeing at all.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST

    MurderMostFowl has a point

    by MattmanReturns

    The 39 version is kind of its own thing, plus it's based on a book. I'd still consider "Let Me In" a remake, because it's trying to mimic the original movie, not the book.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST


    by MattmanReturns

    A film like True Grit requires buzz to gain momentum. A tentpole film like Tron does not, therefore there is no reason for Disney to screen it early and have things spoiled.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST


    by Koyaanisqatsi

    has in fact been screened and is under embargo. The buzz is pretty bad, though.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST


    by MattmanReturns

    The buzz in your head? I love how talkbackers just make up random shit. At least Jett is funny about it.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Bad Buzz on Tron?


    I call bullshit. 400 pound disgruntled fanboys may bitch endlessly about too much dust and smoke and the idea that there's a club with a Bowie-like master of ceremonies, but . . . It looks awesome. It has Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner in it (and he nailed that "wouldn't that be something" to Sam in one of the trailers--Frankly, I will probably wish there was a lot more Bruce Boxleitner in Tron Legacy than Garret Hedlund, but I'm still gonna love the movie.<br><br>The bad buzz? Some grimacing neckbeard complaining that they just showed up in the leotard in the first movie, there were no "sirens" taking off his clothes, that's all wrong . . . I'm gonna take that with a grain of salt.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST


    by Koyaanisqatsi

    I like how you're such an asshole that you assume I must be lying without any evidence to suggest so and without ever having met me. You are a horrible person and a dumbass.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10 p.m. CST

    Quint.... Wow.

    by guitar_dudester91

    You know, I have to say you usually have the most spot on views on cinema, and the most agreeable. but this.... You just can't say things like that about John Wayne. There is a lot about the first one that makes it good. And the child acting? Please. We're going to see Rooster Cogburn kick ass, not a drama about the feelings of a little girl. I think this review is very misguided, and I have to say I'm disappointed. You can't really count the first Oz, because its more of a short film than anything. Based on a book or not, the medium its persented in is done best by Mr. Wayne.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST


    by Koyaanisqatsi

    A friend of mine was at the screening. This guy was so pumped up for it he said to me beforehand that even if it was terrible he would love it. He didn't.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST

    That being said

    by Koyaanisqatsi

    I'll still be in line opening night and so will you so what the fuck does it matter?

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST

    I loved Kim Darby...

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark". Those little onion head guys creeped me right the fuck out as a kid. "SSSaalllyyy!"

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST


    by MattmanReturns

    THAT'S your source? I may be an asshole, but I wasn't wrong.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST


    by Koyaanisqatsi

    That's not my source, but it was the only thing that I could find on the internet that wasn't "my friend saw it." And since when is anybody on this site a more credible source than that asshole Devin Faraci?

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST


    by Koyaanisqatsi

    And unless you know Devin personally that's two people you've assumed were lying. That makes you more of a piece of shit than an asshole.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Glad to see some love for Deakins' work on "Jesse James"

    by Toe Jam

    The whole segment in which the James gang pulls the nighttime train robbery is, without a doubt, my favorite piece of cinematography ever. I remember it being quite literally breathtaking when I saw it in the theater. (Yes, I was one of the five people who saw that movie during its theatrical run.) That scene alone should have won Deakins an Oscar.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:45 p.m. CST

    I chuckled at your "bullshit to the tv" line.

    by pushthebuttonmax

    I don't know how many times I've muttered that watching the Oscars.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST

    There were alot of "tweets" about

    by pushthebuttonmax

    the TRON premiere. Some were raving, some were mixed, some were extremely disappointed. Google it.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST


    by JackIsLost

    Go to hell. And die.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST

    I think this review is...

    by eustisclay

    ...written in this way to purposely piss people off. If the film wasn't up to snuff, people would say it was unfair to compare it to a classic. Like some of the above, I don't want this film to suck, but I am a fan of the first one so it will be a little tough to watch and not feel some deja vu. But I love few things better than pairing movies for double features and love to watch originals and their remakes back to back, especially if they are both good. I can watch Against all Odds with no problems after Out Of The Past. Ditto No Way Out and the Big Clock and the two Thomas Crown Affairs. So I don't see the need to slam the original. Responding to harry's review, I mentioned that the new one doesn't look like as much fun as the original. Quint refers to it as cartoony, which I have no idea what that means. But look, is Bridge on the River Kwai a better film than The Great Escape? No question, but I love them both and while I have to be in a certain mood for Kwai, I could watch the Great Escape anytime. As far as action films in the 70's, The French Connection won the academy award, but given the choice, I'd watch Enter the Dragon. But they're both great. Silverado and Open Range are both good westerns, but Silverado is the fun one. Wyatt Earp and Tombstone, well, that one's kinda unfair, but you get my meaning. So while I hope I love the new version of True Grit, it won't make me love the original version any less and I hate the need for some to slam the Wayne version as a criticism for the new version. Mostly the criticism for the old version is Wayne was just John Wayne(not true) Kim Darby is not good as Mattie(not true) Glenn Campbell isn't that good(well,) and the film is too light(like I say, my word is fun and as someone pointed out, it was kinda dark and violent for the time). But it was stiull a well made western, a great supporting cast(sorry, I have a hard time picturing anyone in Strother Martin's role) a rousing score and the cinematography(by Lucien Ballard) was nothing to sneeze at either.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    Go fuck yourself to hell, you commie bastard. The fact that you name yourself after Scott Pilgrim shows that you're a fucking moron.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    TRON, shmon...

    by BurnHollywood

    I'm sure it'll make for a nifty evening's entertainment, but hearing the Coens are on their game is much bigger news...

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Carter Burwell

    by DrPepperPHD

    Has never even been NOMINATED for an Oscar? Jesus jumped back. As for this film...Portis' novel has been one of my favorites since way back in high school English class. I'd rate the original a good movie but certainly not untouchable and have always hoped for something more faithful in tone. Then one day I read the motherfuckin Coen Bros are adapting it. Can't wait.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:02 p.m. CST

    "If 2010 was Chloe Moretz’s year,"

    by Subtitles_Off

    both 2009 AND 2011 are pointing at it and laughing their asses off.<P>2008, looking all befuddled, asks,"Who is Chloe Moretz?"<P>2011, spitting cola through the nose, answers, "Hi...Hi...Hi...Hit...G...G...Guh...Girl. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!"<P>2009 says, "Yeah. And nobody saw her in that ill-advised vampire remake either."<P>"OHMYGAWD!" screams 2011. "The one with the CGI vampire in the tunnel? Jesus Chrissy!"<P>"So, then," considers 2008, "It ain't that big a deal for this little girl in TRUE GRIT, relatively speaking?"<P>"Fukk sakes no!" replies 2011. "All she had to do was show up."<P>"You know, there ain't going to be no me," moaned 2013, in his best Eeyore's voice.<P>"Damn straight, bitches," harrumphed 2012. "I'm sick of all yer-all's shit."

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Are people still complaining about Let Me In

    by Lovecraftfan

    Too bad the movie is great and Chole and Kodi are great in it.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Wizard of Oz = nice but overrated

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    I know you guys love it but there, I said it.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:37 a.m. CST

    I can't freakin wait to see it.

    by disfigurehead

    and fuck John Wayne. Macho shithead..

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:39 a.m. CST

    This looks fantastic

    by SithMenace

    I can't wait.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:40 a.m. CST

    This is Really Good News

    by D o o d

    but I have no idea why I'm so surprised. At their worst, the Coens movies are always engaging and intelligent! I'm really looking forward to this even more now!<p>I loves me a good revenge movie!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:49 a.m. CST


    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    I respect your opinion and your obvious love for the original, but I think you're making assumptions about Quint writing this review "just to piss people off." It's only natural for people to make evaluative comparisons between an original and a remake, and that's just what he did. It also seems pretty obvious that he didn't share your love of the original, or else he probably wouldn't have been so quick to trash it. I'm also not a big fan of the original, but I'm not a big fan of John Wayne in general. So, if I'd written a review of this movie, based on what I've heard about it, and based on my love of the Coen brothers, I'd probably write a similar review to Quint's. It wouldn't mean I was trying to piss people off. It would just mean that I prefer one over the other, just like you might not want to choose between the two. Your opinion is perfectly valid, but in my opinion, so is Quint's.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:06 a.m. CST

    And I'm really psyched about this movie now.

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    I'll see Jeff Bridges in anything, and I'm a huge Coen brothers fan, so to hear that they're both at the top of their respective games is great news. Also, I'm glad to hear that they've got some of their trademark zany humor in the movie. The recent trend with the Coen's has been towards relentlessly bleak and nihilistic movies with little room for humor or fun (Burn After Reading excepted), so I've been missing that side of them lately. Good to hear that it's back. Can't wait.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Is it more overrated than your mom?

    by I am the Terminator


  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Nothing could overrate kicking your ass!

    by I am the Terminator

    Got anymore stoopid things to say, douche nozzle?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:38 a.m. CST

    elmer bernstein's score

    by swanstep

    Quint, one of the best things about the original was its score, particularly in the climactic shoot-off. Does the remake use any of that. esp. at the climax?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:10 a.m. CST


    by lock67ca

    Why hasn't this spamming cunt been banned yet? God forbid they ban someone that actually deserves it.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Enough with the Wayne hate, you cumgummed cocksuckers!

    by FuckCommunism

    I suppose I shouldn't be surprised by the no-nothing illiteracy and aggressive yahooism of anybody who posts on this site, considering that Harry himself is a flatulent shill who can barely type his own name, but some of the douchetards who mouth off in the Talkbacks actually manage to make the average YouTube comment seem intelligent. As for John Wayne, as neanderthal as some of the man's opinions were, he could be a damn fine actor, and anybody who thinks he always "played himself" hasn't seen THE SEARCHERS or SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON. Rooster Cogburn wasn't his finest performance, but it was a very enjoyable one, and it wasn't a travesty of Charles Portis's character, even if the novel's Rooster was in his thirties and described as looking like Grover Cleveland. Wayne is one of the two best things about the original TRUE GRIT (the other is Portis's dialogue, much of which is faithfully reproduced in the film). But the first movie is far from perfect. Campbell is awful and Kim Darby gives a fairly one-note performance, never suggesting Mattie's darker nuances or her ultimate melancholy (and yes, the book is very much ABOUT Mattie, not Rooster). Plus, she's too old. And Hathaway's direction is workmanlike, rather than inspired. Furthermore, while the Hathaway film is largely faithful to the letter of the novel, and includes whole patches of Portis's dialogue, it misses something of the tone. TRUE GRIT the novel is funnier AND darker and more horrific than the Hathaway film, and it's infinitely sadder. I'm very curious to see what the Coens do with it.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Boohoo. Fuck Wayne

    by Saluki

    He always showed up to work. That is the extent of his talent. The rest of the man is fake ass horseshit posturing and dumbass political views. He was Chuck Norris before kicking people was the "in" thing. Whoop dee fucking doo.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:28 a.m. CST

    BrainDrain, I never liked John Wayne much

    by AsimovLives

    No doubt the man was a charismatic screen precense. But as an actor, he was incredibly limite,d to put it kindly. And as an human being, he was an asshole, and in the words of his friend John ford, a near fascist. so much so, that wheenver Wayne wanted to talk about politics, Ford always told him to shut his pie-hole. Wayne was not exactly the brightest bulb of the chandelabre, to put it mildly.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:29 a.m. CST

    That poster is brillant

    by AsimovLives

    Best poster of all year.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Hailee Steinfeld is 14 years old or abouts

    by AsimovLives

    That's not a child, that's a teenager. And 100 years ago she would be caled a woman.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Charles Portis

    by tpstewart

    The problem with the original is that it's really just a Cliff's Notes version of Portis' book. In the book the character of Maddie is, well, a total bitch. The original softens her quite and bit, and Rooster as well. As FC says, the book is darker and funnier and richer than the Wayne film. It's one of the best American novels of the latter 20th century. I was really hoping the Coens would go back to the source and make a deeper film. We'll see.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:32 a.m. CST

    About That Golden God of Yours...

    by Saluki

    "We can't all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks. I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don't believe in giving authority and positions of leadership to irresponsible people." John Wayne, 1971 Playboy Interview

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:37 a.m. CST

    I have been wanting to see this movie....

    by AsimovLives

    ... since the first trailer showed up. no, not when it was anounce,d because for me it felt like a byzarre choice form the Coens. "True Grit, really?", i said when i first heard the news. Butsinc the first trailer poped up, this has to be one of my top want to watch film of this year. Can't wait to see it. If the movie is half as good as that trailers, then i'll be for a treat. And Quint is right, the Coens are in a state of grace lately. I'm still at awe of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:40 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Thanks for the heads up. You are not the first person i see who praises that movie. And Bruce Dern in it is always a selling point. You forgot to mention that John Williams composed the score for the movie, though. I also heard god things about that. I think, but i couldbe wrong, that The Cowboys's score was the reason why spielberg hired Williams to score THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS. And the rest is history.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:10 a.m. CST

    A young girl is a "miss," not a "ms."

    by ReportAbuse

    Other than that pedantic quibble, good review.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Illiterate douchetards make my point for me

    by FuckCommunism

    Anybody who types a sentence that ends with "because for me it felt like a byzarre choice form the Coens" is clearly too stupid to be allowed to have an opinion on John Wayne, cinema, or flavors of icecream. John Wayne did indeed say some very stupid things, but at least he expressed his stupidity more intelligently than the average Talkback poster. And for a "limited" actor, he did a hell of a job at portraying such very different characters as Rooster Cogburn, Ethan Edwards, and Nathan Brittles. He also had a chemistry with his leading ladies that's rare in contemporary Hollywood. Very few current stars could have managed the delicacy of his "Lady, I could find you in the dark" speech from HONDO, as Clint Eastwood once acknowledged. As for his fascistic tendencies, he sure seemed to like hanging out with lefties like Bruce Dern, Jeremy Slate and Dennis Hopper, and they seemed to adore him.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Tron: Legacy is a disaster apparently

    by kwisatzhaderach

    That's why there is a review embargo, Disney doesn't want the bad buzz getting out.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Great review Quint

    by FloristGump

    First thing I've read today and it's really made me itch to see the film, especially Deakins work behind the camera. Bridges and Damon are 99% of the time spot on, and the newer cast members sound intriguing, but this is on the must-see list for 2011. Cheers.

  • This sounds great, can't wait for it. In fact, it sounds so good that I would say all Hollywood movies from now on should either be a sequel, remake, reboot, or a reimagining.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Quint, a question:

    by Colonel_Blimp

    That opening shot sounds intriguing, would it be right to say it is sort of an inversion of the opening shot of the Searchers? <P>BTW, that's one of the best reviews I've read on this site. Nice job, sir!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:11 a.m. CST

    There are many cheer moments as well as few scream moments

    by BiggusDickus

    ...and this is why I repeatedly thank God I live in the UK, where histrionic arseholes who are incapable of shutting the fuck up for two hours don't make up the majority of the cinema-going demographic...

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Cum Gummed Cock Suckers

    by angranoid

    My new favourite insult. Thanks!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:44 a.m. CST

    John Wayne's...

    by The_Skook performance was in 'The Shootist'. His last, and a poignant little movie as he was dying himself from cancer. And a late role for Jimmy Stewart too. Well worth seeing if only for a great cast doing what it does best, Wayne, Stewart, Lauren Bacall, John Carradine. Heck it's like a who's who! As an actor, sure he played himself a lot, but like some have said 'The Searchers' and 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon' are timeless. BTW his wig is for sale at the moment: As for the remake of 'True Grit', looks good!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:02 a.m. CST

    hating on John Wayne? This has to be the worse tb ever!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    I'll say my peace and be done. Calling John Wayne "limited" is nothing but BS reactions from people who never acted a day in their lives!<p>Lets forget that John Wayne was a different actor who appeal to a specific genre and rarely had a chance to act outside the role.<p>Truthfully Hollywood would have never allowed it.<p>To say John Wayne is overrated and couldn't act in my opinion a means to banning.<p>I hate that shit but the disrespect towards an icon from a bunch of internet geeks is shameful.<p>I appreciate opinions but Quint knew his article would get a reaction and his along with the geeks is shameful as well.<p>Thats it. I'm done ranting and will never revisit this particular talkback again.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 6:48 a.m. CST

    for the record... Ocean's 11

    by TheSeeker7

    Is another remake that's (far) superior to the original, which is practically unwatchable. And blimey, I didn't realize Oz 39 was a remake!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 6:52 a.m. CST

    "anyone who thinks that Carpenter's- great- version of The Thing

    by buggerbugger better than Hawks' is out of his fucking mind" <br> <br> So Hawks's version is superior to Carpenter's because...?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Wayne's best is Red River

    by paulloch

    I like Shootist and his Rooster movies, but Red River is amazing. Wayne is overrated compared to his contemporaries, like Fonda, Stewart, Tracy, Bogart, who were better actors. True Grit is not a classic, a good movie. The LadyKillers was a classic, and the Coens couldn't get that right, so I'm worried about this remake.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Leave it to AICN Talkbackers to call everything overrated

    by shutupfanboy

    The Wizard of Oz, Citizen Kane and John Wayne. Dear God, get your heads out of your asses, those are three things that will outlive of us. Having said that, I am curious about this film, but not curious enough to go on Christmas. Opening on Christmas day should have ended with Godfather III.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Thank you for calling it a remake

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    And not a re-adaptation or whatever nonsense

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Oz is as much a remake as True Grit is

    by bah

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Sorry to add to the hate...

    by grendel69

    but I never liked John Wayne. I wont say he sucked, but... well.. he did. <p> As for this, as usual with Coen Bros films, Ill have to drive myself crazy trying to find this since its opens limited on Dec22. Why does everything I want to see open limited??</p>

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Also, the Coens time is over

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    They can still make good movies at times but they lack the zest and personality of their earlier stuff. Notably they are adapting things more and more, with two remakes and a novel adaptation in recent years.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Can't wait to see this one!

    by coosawatchie

    Honestly people... hating on John Wayne?! Damn, that's retarded. That's all I have to say about that.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8 a.m. CST

    BIG FAN!

    by 2for2true

    Gotta say I'm looking forward to this just slightly more than Black Swan. The question I have now is this: What with Jeff Bridges killing it with two "western" characters, does this perhaps put him in consideration for part of Roland in Ron Howard's upcoming Dark Tower film?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Doesn't Nolan's Batman count as a remake?

    by Quadrillionaire

    It blows Burton's Batman out of the water.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Vast majority of TBers suck devil taint

    by Behemoth

    Wizard of Oz "overrated." I don't even like the film much, but holy crap, what douchebaggery. From henceforth, any slimy piece of worm-ridden filth who uses the term "meh" wears his ass for a hat. <p>Fat, lazy, accomplish-nothing, tripe-chewing dolts. "Uh...yah...uh...Wizard of Oz ... MEH ... it's overrated ... uh ... yeah ... Cohens suck, man ... MEH, Meh, meh ... entertain me. Mehhhhhh...." <p>Simps.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Of course this film is better Quint, Wayne's not in it.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Fuck that clown. <p>

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Blasphemy brother Stunt.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Naw, that's okay. I know your feelings on The Duke.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Tron will fail. But then again................

    by Stuntcock Mike

    I was one of the guys that said Avatar would do so poorly it would be the end of Cameron's career. <p> So I'll be wrong again.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    SCOTTPILGRIMFAN's Tron comments are funny

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Considering The Expendables, and oh yeah four other movies kicked Scott Pilgrim's ass. Then he's talking about the CGI in Tron? Um, gee, er, there was maybe just a little in Scott Pilgrim I think.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    I may or may not see Legacy but at the risk of

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    dating myself I saw Tron on the big screen. It didn't do well at the box office, and was poorly received by critics. Ebert put it in his underappreciated film festival. For me it was a wonderful movie experience. I saw the traile, and maybe it's nostalgia, but this one is kind of tugging at me.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Excuse me three movies

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Pilmgrim was fifth opening week if I recall.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Honestly I think Tron will do amazing.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    What kid doesn't want to see this shit?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Tron will definitely blow the first away in box office

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    revenue. Even with now knowledge of the first this Bayified generation will flock to it. However, from the part of the trailer I saw it seemed to have a good plot and backstory. Bruce Boxleitner is always a plus too.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    John Wayne is an icon but he's not a god

    by Nerd Rage

    What's wrong with knocking the fucker down a few pegs? It's disrespectful but he was a disrespectful person. And Burton's Batman did many things better than Nolan: the music, the Batmobile, memorable dialogue/scenes, suspenseful/well-edited action, a Gotham that isn't Chicago, etc.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Tron's gonna bomb hard.

    by Nerd Rage

    Only nerds like Tron. It has no crossover appeal.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    But also two original screenplays in that same time

    by bah

    Burn After Reading and A Serious Man. I have no problem with their adaptations. I'm hoping they'll eventually do Flannery O'Connor.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    No, Tron now has the post-Lebowski Bridges

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    appeal. He no longer that young cool actor. He's that mature great actor. The older crowd will see it for that. The younger will see it for the pretty lights. I'll see it for what appears to be a good storyline, and nostalgia.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Wayne was an entertaining actor, and a great star

    by toadkillerdog

    Politics aside, whenever John Wayne appeared in a movie it made the movie larger than it would have been if a lesser star - I say star not actor, appeared in it. <p> Wayne has presence. Wayne was a Star with a capital S. <p> That his politics and personal beliefs made him plenty of enemies during his career and obviously well after his death does not diminish his impact on the screen. <p> He also had a surprising comic range that while not exploited fully, was very effective when he used it. <p> No he was not an acting heavyweight, but neither would he have been blown off the screen and he costarred alongside many of the great actors of his day. <p> I am in no way defending Wayne's politics or beliefs, some of which I found disturbing to say the least - but to denigrate the talent and the impact of the man does not show a true understanding of his place in history. <p> He is a true icon, albeit a very flawed human being - who provided some damn entertaining flicks. <p> I hope Bridges/Coen take is good, but I remember as a child how I laughed very hard and was entertained by the Wayne version.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Bridges better than Wayne? So what?

    by caprica

    Wayne had no need to "disappear" into a role because people liked him onscreen the way he was. This whole acting craft bullshit is so fucking stupid. How many times did Bogart "disappear" into a role--and who the fuck cares?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Wayne's Problem Isn't That He's One-Note

    by Aquatarkusman

    PLenty of people were (Bogart); Wayne's one note was unlikable. Plus he came to the door in a dress.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Thunderbolt Ross

    by pleasebanme

    No Country For Old Men and A Serious Man both rank in the top tier of the Coens' work, and both are heavily injected with their signature brand of style, tone and humor. The Coens' time is over? They're just as outstanding as they always have been.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    I'll watch anything....

    by whatever1964

    the Coens make.... their mediocre films are head and shoulders above most peoples' very best...

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST


    by DrPepperPHD

    Agreed. The Coens output since 2007: <p> No Country For Old Men/Burn After Reading(somewhat of a misfire,yet still funny and enjoyable)/A Serious Man/True Grit(granted I haven't seen this but the reviews are glowing).....that's a pretty nice run. <p> Still the funniest moment from 2009 for me: <p>

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Bridges pwns December

    by WriteForTheEdit

    So fucking primed for True Tron Grit: The Legacy.<P>Plus, Wayne's best film is "Brannigan." That's right, "Brannigan," you cum-guzzling, jizz-faced, semen-crusted, spunk-monkeys.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Defending original True Grit

    by ayelver

    Thanks for defending one of my favorites. Wayne is great in Red River, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and The Quiet Man not to mention The Searchers.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Woohoo! Bring it!

    by UltraTron

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Does this mean that...

    by The Alienist

    ..."Rooster Cogburn and the Lady"...?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    remake will star

    by The Alienist

    Bridges and Meryl Streep...?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Obviously, you must think that everybody who posts in here are english speaking americans. you forget to consider the fact that there are people in the world who are foreign to american, and whose first language is not english. In my own case, i'm from Portugal and my native language is portuguese. You were too quick to judge, pal. You assume too much.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    And Dennis Hopper was never much of a leftie. You must think that just because somebody is or was an hippie that automatically makes them a leftie. Not so. Also, so what if soem lefties liked Wayne's precense? could you ever consider the fact that some people love the company of others regardless of their political affiliations? Could it be that Bruce Dean was star struck by Wayne, that he considered him an idol and a big star he loved, regardless of his politics?<br><br>Nobody denies that John Wayne was a powerful screen precense. But he wasn't much of an actor. He himself admitred as much, and John Cford constantly mocked him for it. Ford strongarmed Wayne to performances, a fact for which Wayne was always in dept to Ford. Ford knew that Wayne was a great screen presence but as a person he was a silly man with some stupid ideas. And he was his friend, regardless of Wayne's political affiliations or his dumb ideas. But Wayne was somebody that needed to reign him in. Left to his own devises, Wayne did stuff like THE GREEN BERETS, which is a movie he really beleived in. A movie so dumb in it's message that even today's right-wingers know it's a whole pile of bullshit.<br><br>Wayne as a star migth have been lovable, but as a human being he had much things to be desired. And i have a hard time seperating the two, the star and the man. Also i got fed up is seeing Wayne playing the same character again and again, which he did. Contrary to what many say, he never broke out of his usual film character, regardless if the movie was a western, a cop drama, a war movie, or a comedy set in the tropics. He played the same character because he was playing always an idealized version of himself, as he himself liked to be and seen as. He never broke that character, in front or behind the cameras. He's not like Clint Eastwood, who has played many similiar characters, but whose characters are very different form who he is in real life. Eastwood actually acted a diferent person them himself in those western and Dirty Harry movies. Not so Wayne, whose screen persona was the same he adopted for his real life outside the movies. The diference in Wayne's movies is that sometimes he was better directed then in other movies. Wayne needed a strong director, always.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Didn't Ron Howard also star in THE SHOOTIST?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    As for why Wayne has such great chemistry with the actresses

    by AsimovLives

    is the same reason why in older movies there is almost all the time great chemistry between the two leads, the male and female lead. It's because back in the days of thr studio system, it was easier for studios to pair up actors and actresses that would had onscreen chemistry together. The vast majority of the actors and actresses were bound to a studio by contract. Thus, it was easier to pair up. Today, things are trickier, because every actor is an independent agent nowdays and studios have to deal with availablities and paychecks and whatnot. In today's Holywood system, it's harder to pair up actors and actresses. In fact, there should be oscars for best casting, given how hard it is to do it today, specially stars.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Thunderbolt Ross

    by AsimovLives

    Are you kidding? NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN has all the fire that the Coens had when they started. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN is like a movie made by a bunch of youg turks who want to prove their value and quality. If anything, the Coens are on fire! And if TTRUE GRIT is half as good as i hope it to be, it will be another proof that the Coens are talent to reckon with. That they have true grit and are chockfull of it.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Actually, Bogart did mannaged to disapear into roles. you think his role in THE MAIN MUTINY is any way similiar to his in THE MALTESE FALCON or THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE or TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT or THE AFRICAN QUEEN? I think not. Bogart was versitable indeed.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Ace of Wands

    by AsimovLives

    You ruiend your argumentation with your put down of John Carpenter's superior THE THING movie. It is better then the original. No, the original is not bad, and it has many thing sin it's favour, but Carpetner's film is superior in almost everything including that it's a by far more true faithful adaptation form the original wroten story which is based upon. Which i have read, by the way.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    If it were me, THERE WIOLL BE BLOOD, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD would had won the oscar, the three of them. An ex equo three victories. To have to decide which of the 3 movies had better cinematography is just too cruel a proposition.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    About Batman Begins...

    by Brian888

    "It blows Burton's Batman out of the water." If we're comparing it to the first Burton Batman, it doesn't. Rewatch both of them again. Katie Holmes is embarrasingly bad. Bale is wooden and unentertaining. Also, he doesn't come close to portraying Bruce Wayne's inherent insanity as well as Keaton did. The Alfreds are a wash. The only real knock against the Burton Batman is that Nicholson's Joker is a little ridiculous in light of what Ledger did with the role, but then again, Ledger's Joker would have felt very out of place in Burton's style (and TDK is a superior film at any rate). TLDR - Burton's first Batman is a fun film with a surprisingly great turn by Keaton, while Batman Begins is fairly ponderous with some atrocious acting.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    John Wayne was A MAN who made movies

    by David Assholehoff

    O.M.F.G. On the best day of your life you all are half the man he was on his weakest day. Was he a bigot? Sure, SO WHAT. Was he a great actor? No, not really. However, he WAS the biggest on screen personae ever. He made movies for 50 years and deserves all of your respect.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I enjoyed Tim Burton's Batman when it cme out. but whern Batman Begins came around, it was a revelation to me. It made Burton's Batman irrelavant. I'm sorry for my bluntness, but i don't trust the opinion of anybody who will praise Burton's Batman above and beyond Nolan's Batman. I'm sorry but that's how it is. nolan's Batman movies have put the awe in me, something that is not that too common, and none of Burton's Batman movies did. If i want to see an awe inspiring Burton movie, i watch EDWARD SISSORHANDS instead.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    ;any "too old" men served in the military at the time of WWII. In Holywood's case, James Stewart and Clarke Clable are notorious examples. Wayne was not accepted because he asked for leave of service. Seems Wayne always felt ashamed of that, and thentried to overcompensate by playing bad asses in the movies. The whole John wayne persona is just that, of a guy trying desperatly to over-compensate for weakness he perceived to have. Starting with his real name of Marion. John Wayne was a guy with lots of issues to over-compensate. And as some posters have said her and in the other TRUE GRIT talkbacks, his bravado was more like big talk and hot air and posing, all looking like bad case of smugness. I real don't like John Wayne, he looks phoney in his movies. He was a big screen precense, no doubt about that, but the man always read phoney and hardly sympathetic. All his mvoies and him in them ar ejust a case of trying too hard. Suspiciously too hard.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by kahnman

    All these Wanye bashers are way off. First of all, the Coen Bros wouldn't even be making this film if Wayne hadn't made this film a hit 35 years ago. It's very easy to go back and do something again... Let's see them try do it from scratch. Second of all, I'd put John Wayne up against Jeff Bridges any day... Not even in the same league. Nuff said.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by kahnman

    All these Wanye bashers are way off. First of all, the Coen Bros wouldn't even be making this film if Wayne hadn't made it a hit 35 years ago. It's very easy to go back and do something again... Let's see them try do it from scratch. Second of all, I'd put John Wayne up against Jeff Bridges any day... Not even in the same league. Nuff said.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Also, I worry a bit for Tron 2

    by coosawatchie

    Yes, I will be there. I will enjoy it with my 11 year old son. But when I saw "Benjamin Button Bridges" show up in a preview I started smelling flop sweat. Looks more and more like this one might be just for the fanboys. Aint we speshul?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    John Wayne was a coward in real life.

    by Nerd Rage

    Didn't see that one coming. Racist trash.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    As Seth and Amy Would say...

    by Karuma

    Really!? Really!!? Better than John Wayne in an Oscar winning performance!? Really!!? Considering that the two are 40 years apart. Really?!! Considering that its like comparing a movie from 1929 with one made in 1969. Really!? Really!!? Considering tastes and styles change. Really!!? Considering "True Grit" was considered groundbreaking at the time. Really!? "Damon acts circles around Glen Campbell" Really?!! Considering Glen Campbell is a singer and that was his first major role ever, I would hope so. Really!!? Really!!?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST


    by The_Skook

    Yeah, he did, as Bacall's character's son. I can't remember his name off the top of my head.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST


    by The_Skook

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    I'm scared for the Coens for making this...

    by The Dum Guy

    They might be in legal trouble over this movie...<br><br>They may have made a film that will own so many people's asses, that they might be charged with slavery.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    That's a cool friggin poster

    by SithMenace

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Tone is the word.

    by SnootyBoots

    Charles Portis' wonderful novel True Grit comes in at just about 200 pages. Not a long book. Marguerite Roberts' screenplay for the original movie is a scene for scene adaptation, nearly all of it's amazing dialogue straight from the page (Notable exception- Rooster watching Mattie swim her horse across the river and exclaiming, "By God, she reminds me of me!" is Roberts'.) I haven't seen the Coen's movie, but, since they've talked about going back to the book, and Roberts' screenplay is itself extremely close to the book, I doubt there will be much more than a hare's breath between the two screenplays. The difference between the two movies will be, as Quint wrote above, in the tone. I'm awful fond of the original. I'll just have to see which movie's tone I prefer.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Whats wrong with John Wayne?

    by JohnWayneWasGay

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    "toffee-nosed twats like AsimovLives"

    by Al Swearengen


  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST


    by jalfredprufrock

    Re: WWII Draft Actually, yeah. Yeah, we did.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Boys you guys are a pack of dumb shits here.

    by Sal_Bando

    It's junk like this that made the lot of us leave this here little cesspool. But I just can't let this one go by...<p> Quint-fuck off. Wayne only played himself? Well what did your boy Robert Shaw ever do but repeat his cranky Oirish asshole schticke for 20 years? You ever see Cagney or Cooper or Gable or Bogie or Stewart? You gotta hold them to the same standards you are Wayne. They did the same fucking thing. And don't even get started on McQueen, Bronson, Eastwood or Jaack here. A bit of spooging about the Coens goes a long ways. Fargo was over-rated, No Country crapped the bed on the Most Important Scene being left Out, etc etc. But go ahead, enjoy this one. It might be good. But git some perspective fat boy. 'Yew need a bigger boat'. No you need a bigger set of Stretchy hulk pants you idiot. <p> Asslives. You inbred, goat-fucking, anally receptive illiterate Portuguese simp. You are the one that wants Chris Pine's baby. Wayne just played himself? did you actually SEE the Searchers, or Red River or Rio Bravo or She Wore a Yellow Ribbon? Better scrape the goat semen from your TV screen at least once a day and try watching them again. Fuck OFF. Errol Flynn didn't show up in WWII either, nor if I remember right, did we exactly see mighty Tom Hanks storming the beaches of 'Nam or Matt Damon the Persian Gulf. It's a FUCKING Movie. Wayne wasn't a cowboy or marine anymore than you aren't a child molester or Harrison Ford Han Solo for real. But what can we expect from a guy who's country's main claim to fame is a taking it up the ass from Franco whenever and wherever he wanted? Put down your goat-hair underoos and quit fappin' someone's actually addressing you. I can't wait for your near-fatal cardiac when the next Abrams Trek comes around and yanks in 200M or Mikey Bay's Big Robots III dittoes that next July. You DESERVE to have 4 hour movies of Space Shuttle Transformers kicking your butt just because. <p> Calling Wayne a fascist is the same as calling Jane Fonda or Paul Newman a commie. Give it a fucking rest and actually try reading a book not written by Oprah's under-wear saleswoman, okay? Morons. <p> Can't wait for Jeff Bridges to try starring in a remake of Red River next. Hey, we gonna get to hear how 1 dimensional Howard Hawks' direction was, or Wayne's role as Tom Dunson? Here's a bucket of shit guys---dump it on yer heads. That goes double for you Asswhole.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Whats with all the TRON Talk here?? losers..

    by LowDevil

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Quint, that was a great literal review, cant wait.

    by LowDevil

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    I don't buy that headline for a second

    by brobdingnag

    Bridges comes off as just ridiculous in the trailer. Sorry, there's not enough alcohol in the world.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST

    "Hare's breath": Eggcorn of the week!

    by irritable

    Although there's only a hair's breadth in it.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:45 p.m. CST


    by David Assholehoff

    Thank you for being so passionate about The Duke. He was a great man. These ass-clowns wouldn't know true machismo unless Stallone injected HGH into their penises. Men have cocks, these Wayne-haters have penises.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:29 p.m. CST


    by certkey

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  • Dec. 3, 2010, 1:29 a.m. CST

    You might not like the Duke's politics

    by Continentalop

    But to say he wasn't an actor is preposterous. Sure he had limited range but he didn't need range, he played one part - the Duke - better than anyone else could have. I mean he offered enough that two of the greatest directors ever, John Ford and Howard Hawks, used him multiple times. <p> And look at his filmography - Stagecoach, Red River, They Were Expendable, The Quiet Man, Rio Bravo, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - how many actors have that many great movies on their resume?

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 2:14 a.m. CST

    James Wong Howe? Who's that?

    by Continentalop

    I kid GF (Body & Soul; and Sweet Smell of Success are two of my personal favs).

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 2:17 a.m. CST

    John Wayne Sucked off Ronald Reagan .... Fact.

    by Mundungus

    Marion was an ardent anti-communist, vocal supporter of Sen. Joseph McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Committee Witch Hunt. Also big supporter of The war in Vietnam, which he tried to cash in on by producing, co-directing, and starring in a propaganda shit pile called The Green Berets. Plus a huge Richard Nixon supporter. <p> ..and he sucked Ronald Reagan's penis. <p> A true make-believe American Hero and talentless shithead.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Mundungus what does this have to do with his body of work?

    by Continentalop

    Jane Fonda outed a captured Special Forces officer (leading to him being tortured) and gave moral comfort to our enemies, yet no one would deny she wasn't a great actress in many good movies. Same could be said about Woody Allen (pedorast & adulturer), Abraham Polanski (communist) and Sean Connery (hits women). <p> I don't expect my mechanic to be a saint or vet my plumber because of his poltical views, I just want them to be competent and as long ad their beliefs don't interfere with the work I could care less what their politics are. The same thing with my actors and filmmakers

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 4:31 a.m. CST

    I never saw John Wayne

    by MorganLeafy

    on the sands of Iwo Jima

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 5:55 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Shame John Wayne was a right wing pig...

    by workshed

    Anyone who says Wayne couldn't act is a moron. Go back and watch Stagecoach and you'll see a man essentially redefining nuanced screen acting. It's his politics I find myself at odds with (as did John Ford). If Jeff Bridges is as great as we're led to believe he should win Best Actor again. After all, the Academy owed him about ten Oscars for some of his iconic portrayals (imo). 2010 is most definitely his year.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    @Ace of Wands

    by buggerbugger

    "I never declared that Hawks' film was superior at all" Indeed, you didn't. But when someone comments only that Thing B *isn't* superior to Thing A without suggesting that Thing A and Thing B are equally good, it leaves the reader to infer that perhaps the writer thinks Thing A is superior. "To pacify your derranged reading of what I actually wrote-" I know this place tends to put people on the defensive, but there's really no need for that. There's nothing "deranged" in asking a question. I was merely interested in your thoughts as to what, if anything, made Hawks's version superior to Carpenter's, IYO.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Oh fuckination...

    by buggerbugger

    Sorry for the lack of paragraphs in that last post, Ace.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST


    by David Carter

    Finally a comment with GOOD SENSE!! people argue and compare apples and oranges because they have the classification of being "fruit" in common-- you hit the nail on the head-- for the TIMES-- BOTH are right!! And any of these other IDIOTS that put John Wayne down for anything are FOOLS!! PERIOD.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 11:40 p.m. CST


    by David Carter

    I agree with you 100%!! Leave the classics alone-- there is plenty of room for BOTH. Why can't people STOP arguing over STUPID differences when , as one other guy said, they were for different times!! That's as dumb as comparing Christian Bale to Adam West-- two totally different times and types. A "serious" actor could not have played the 60s version of Batman nor could Adam West ever have played a serious Batman--- same here-- John Wayne was a true Classic and the absolute BEST at that time-- as I'm sure Bridges will be now.. Anyway, thanks for your EXCELLENT comment.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST


    by David Carter

    You should be SHOT on site-- IDIOT!!

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 11:45 p.m. CST


    by David Carter

    Reasonable thought finally!! I agree with you completely--

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Another IDIOT!!

    by David Carter

    You have been smoking too much of something-- FOOL

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 11:48 p.m. CST

    SUPER comments

    by David Carter

    GREAT JOB-- I like your comments-- and thanks for putting down those STUPID fools that don't like John Wayne-- it's like they only know the new people and never really WATCHED any of his work!! of course- they are too stupid to realize that. Anyway , thanks!!!

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 11:49 p.m. CST

    You're showing your pre-kindergarten intelligence

    by David Carter


  • Jan. 8, 2011, 11:51 p.m. CST


    by David Carter

    I don't agree with his politics either-- but this has NOTHING to do with his politics.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 11:53 p.m. CST

    THANK YOU!!!

    by David Carter

    Super comments!!!

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 11:54 p.m. CST


    by David Carter

    I agree with that... perfect!!

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Who really gives a shit!???

    by David Carter

    It's about whether it's GOOD or not-- I could care less if it's a remake!! As someone said already-- BOTH can be good for different reasons... Now we have TWO versions of True Grit to enjoy-- depending on our moods or needs at the time!!

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST


    by David Carter

    You got THAT right!!!

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 12:01 a.m. CST

    THANK YOU!!!

    by David Carter

    GREAT comments-- and so accurate!! Put John Wayne aside ANY better actor, and John Wayne wins HANDS DOWN-- TRUE ICON!! and yes, his views were "not the best" to say the very least-- but when watching a MOVIE-- it's entertainment we need-- not "politically correct" or even intelligence!!-- Besides, as I've said already-- we now have TWO great versions of the film to enjoy depending on what we want at the time!!! Just everyone STOP the complaining and enjoy whichever or both and leave John Wayn-- a truly great ICON ALONE!!!

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 12:02 a.m. CST


    by David Carter

    you're SO right!!

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST

    SURE WAS!!!

    by David Carter

    Thanks-- those were indeed GREAT movies...

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 12:06 a.m. CST


    by David Carter

    are like ASSHOLES-- everybody has one-- and your's is showing...

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 12:07 a.m. CST

    CERTAINLY SO, and thank you for saying so..

    by David Carter

    It's SO true... when I go to a movie or watch a movie-- I could care LESS if a person agrees with my political views or not-- I want to enjoy the movie... well said..

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 12:08 a.m. CST

    100% RIGHT ON!!!

    by David Carter

    I agree-- enough said!!

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST


    by David Carter

    John Wayne didn't NEED to do but a few lines on screen!! Less is sometimes MUCH better... IDIOT!!

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 12:10 a.m. CST


    by David Carter

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST


    by David Carter

    He was NOT a colonel at all-- it's the "southern" custom of authority to take the "colonel" as a show of acocmplishment-- in other words-- a "title"... nothing more..

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Lay it on 'em dude!!!

    by David Carter

    Finally someone that knows his shit!!!

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 12:16 a.m. CST


    by David Carter

    I don't know what you've been smoking of shooting, but when you face into the wind, I hear the ocean!!