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Yer all crazy [Feb. 28th, 2011|09:44 pm]
Zoethe
I just rewatched the original True Grit. It had been years since I'd seen it, and so I thought maybe I was misremembering things.

Because many people were talking about how very different the Coen Brothers version is. Some saying that it was better, some saying it wasn't a patch on the original.

Dudes, these movies are almost identical. Yes, the performers are different, and their performances are different. But the movies tread the same ground until the end, where there is some divergence.

Don't get me wrong. They are both good movies. But dramatically different? No. Seriously, folks.
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[User Picture]From: blake_reitz
2011-03-01 02:53 am (UTC)
I consider them to be vastly different due to their style, rather then their content. That they have the same content makes the stylistic choices chosen all the more apparent.

Then again, I watched them back-to-back, as part of an insane scheme.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-03-01 03:02 am (UTC)
I'll give you style differences, but not the dramatic difference that I was led to expect.
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[User Picture]From: blake_reitz
2011-03-01 03:16 am (UTC)
Agree. Dramatically, they both follow the book page for page.
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[User Picture]From: bunny42
2011-03-01 03:07 am (UTC)
Our copy arrives tomorrow. It's been years since I've seen it, but I didn't remember being as dazzled by the language as I was by the repartee between Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges. Well, everybody, actually. I can't wait to see it again.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-03-01 04:38 am (UTC)
Oh, the language is definitely better in the new one. The plot is just a lot closer than some people appear to think.
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2011-03-01 06:36 pm (UTC)
I agree with you about the plot. Two of the things I *did* really like was that the ending was an *end*, and that the actress chosen for the adult Mattie was NOT some gorgeous gal, but rather an ordinary-looking woman. And that really made it right (for me) because she wasn't a dance-hall girl with makeup, she was a serious businesswoman, as she was at the end of the book.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-03-01 07:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the end is definitely better in the new one. Not a warm-and-fuzzy farewell.
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2011-03-01 03:13 am (UTC)
My take on it was that the more recent version was definitely more Mattie-centric than the John Wayne version. And it's also more true to the book. Don't get me wrong, I adore the Duke, but to me they're two different movies entirely.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-03-01 02:28 pm (UTC)
Darby has always been jarring to me in that role, but after Hailee Steinfeld? She was downright painful.
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2011-03-01 06:31 pm (UTC)
*laughs* well, that's a definite truth!
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[User Picture]From: pachamama
2011-03-01 10:01 am (UTC)
I haven't seen the new one yet, but watched the old for the first time this weekend. It struck me as being awfully flippant and almost farcical in tone, which jarred considering the story. From the previews I've seen it looks to me like the remake is going to be a lot bleaker. Did you find that?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-03-01 02:26 pm (UTC)
I think the original had a very 60s feel to it, which tended to be more shallow emotionally, and a certain flippancy was common in Western of the time. Where the old one feels flippant, the new one feels cynical, but covers much of the same territory.
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