|Yer all crazy
||[Feb. 28th, 2011|09:44 pm]
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.
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.
I'll give you style differences, but not the dramatic difference that I was led to expect.
Agree. Dramatically, they both follow the book page for page.
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.
Oh, the language is definitely better in the new one. The plot is just a lot closer than some people appear to think.
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.
Yeah, the end is definitely better in the new one. Not a warm-and-fuzzy farewell.
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.
Darby has always been jarring to me in that role, but after Hailee Steinfeld? She was downright painful.
*laughs* well, that's a definite truth!
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?
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.