I’m sure some of you saw the title of this blog entry and assumed I was going to write about the Vikings gritty, gutty performance yesterday against the very-talented Lions.Â Sorry.Â But on the last day of 2010 I had a gritty, gutty, performance of my own as I braved the weather elements and went to the latest offering from Joel and Ethan Coen, “True Grit.”Â I’m glad I did.Â It was worth the risk.
Full disclosure:Â I never saw the original “True Grit” which starred John Wayne.Â More full disclosure:Â I’m really annoyed that gas is now $3.10 a gallon in Grand Forks.Â But I digress.Â It probably doesn’t make a whole lot of difference if you see the original or not, because the Coen Brothers make movies the way they want to make movies.Â That is to say that they add a healthy dose of “quirkiness” to their scripts.Â “Fargo,” “Raising Arizona,” “The Big Lebowski.”Â It’s hard to define, but Coen movies usually have a normal “feel” to them and then all-of-a-sudden something “weird” happens.Â Sometimes it’s subtle, sometimes it’s not.
“True Grit” stars the fabulous Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon and some girl who plays a 14-year old and is really good.Â I’m not usually a fan of Westerns, but if the Coen’s went back and re-did the important ones I’d watch them all.Â It was that good.
When the movie concluded, the audience didn’t leave immediately.Â Rather they sat and waited to see if something else was going to happen, or it was possible that they were hoping it wasn’t over.Â Those are two Coen Brother’s movie traits.
The movie is rated PG-13.Â There is no foul language, a couple of moments of predictable Coen Brother’s violence (which they somehow always make funny), but otherwise a very harmless, family-type movie.Â I even dragged Red Sox Daughter along, and she loved it.Â And she’s a much tougher grader than I am.
Popcorn and Diet Coke
True Grit:Â 4.25 out of 5.