True Grit was an interesting experience for me, as I love pretty much everything the Coen Brothers have done (except maybe Burn After Reading, which was a little questionable). After their success at the Oscars a few years ago with No Country For Old Men, their latest feature was a must see. On the other hand, I’ve always thought that if a filmmaker is to adapt a novel, then they have to do it right; that is to either shoot the film verbatim with style, or to create a whole new story using just the basic premise (akin to what P.T. Anderson did with There Will Be Blood).
Another interesting factor was that this film is the second adaptation of the Charles Portis novel of the same name; so for the Coen Brothers to go for it was very risky, especially since John Wayne was loved for his performance as Rooster Cogburn in the 1969 original – earning him his only Best Actor Oscar that came towards the end of an illustrious career shooting a large number of Westerns… But you know what, I think that they may have just pulled it off!
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