Reading Cinemas here in Napier at the 11.am session, the first session of it's run!! Two films in one day...not bad going!!This film was also released in NZ on the same day as Wild Target. I saw it at
I like the Coen brothers and the films they make. They have a unique style and they are certainly among the top film makers whose films I eagerly await. I saw A Serious Man at the beginning of last year and hopefully as this blog progresses I'll get around to my thoughts about it.
But to True Grit! The Coen's state that it isn't a re-make but seriously...of course it is. The original as you undoubtledly know starred the legendary John Wayne for which he won his only Oscar. For me this is a re-make and also a re-interpretation. It apparently follows Charles Portis's book more closely than the original John Wayne film. But if you have seen the original you will recognise so many of it's lines and scenes that to call the Coen's version anything but a re-make is somewhat laughable. But still, when it comes down to it the Coens aren't the first to re-make or re-interpret films that have been made previously are they??!
Kim Darby was outstanding as Mattie Ross and unbelievably after her success in the role never delivered on her potential as an actress and after True Grit faded into obscurity. Hopefully that fate doesn't transfer itself to Hailee Steinfeld, who, like Kim Darby, plays the precocious Mattie Ross outstandingly. She doesn't outshine Darby but nor is she outshone. A great young talent who filled a demading and legendry role superbly.
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