Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Movie Madness: True Grit

Being the vintage fans we are, we were SO excited to see the trailer for the Coen brothers' adaptation of the 1969 film, True Grit (based on the 1968 novel of the same name by Charles Portis). In the older version, John Wayne stars as drunken US Marshall, "Rooster," whose assistance is called upon by a 14-year old gal by the name of Mattie Ross. The basic plot of this incredible Western is that Mattie's father is murdered by his hired hand, Tom Chaney. Mattie asks Rooster to help her track Chaney down and he begrudgingly takes the case. To help them, young Texas Ranger La Beouf (played by Beach Boys' Glen Campbell) accompanies them, hoping to catch Chaney and cash in on the reward.

The original cast is hard to beat with the lineup including: John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper, bu the Coen brothers do a great job of casting the three main characters. Jeff Bridges (who worked with them on The Big Lebowski) would make a great Rooster - he's got the gruff, rugged and almost endearingly hopeless air to him that John Wayne perfected the first time around (he reportedly insisted that real Kentucky bourbon whiskey be used in place of prop whiskey - yeah Kentucky!). Matt Damon will be an interesting person to watch take on the funny character of La Beouf, it's hard not to want to give the edge to ole Glenny Boy. And finally, Josh Brolin taking on the role of Chaney will be great. He's already worked with the Coen brothers on the film, No Country For Old Men (adapted from the novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy), and proved himself to not only be a cowboy but one that could take the hits.

Either way, we'll definitely be lined up to check this bad boy out.

Here's the 1969 trailer (above) and the 2010 trailer (below)

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