|Ebert's review of True Grit|
|Written by Chalupa|
|Tuesday, 21 December 2010 23:51|
I just happened to log into Twitter and noticed Roger Ebert had just tweeted his review of True Grit. I checked it out and it's a stellar review. You should check it out too.
Many have made comments about Jeff Bridges trying to copy John Wayne's performance. This is not a remake of that film, it's another interpretation of the novel by Charles Portis. Here are the opening paragraphs of the review. I think they really set the stage.
In the Coen Brothers' “True Grit,” Jeff Bridges is not playing the John Wayne role. He's playing the Jeff Bridges role — or, more properly, the role created in the enduring novel by Charles Portis, much of whose original dialogue can be heard in this film. Bridges doesn't have the archetypal stature of the Duke. Few ever have. But he has here, I believe, an equal screen presence. We always knew we were looking at John Wayne in the original “True Grit” (1969). When we see Rooster Cogburn in this version, we're not thinking about Jeff Bridges.Wayne wanted his tombstone to read, Feo, Fuerte y Formal (Ugly, Strong and Dignified). He was a handsome, weathered man when I met him in the 1960s and '70s, but not above a certain understandable vanity. Rooster might be an ornery gunslinger with an eye patch, but Wayne played him wearing a hairpiece and a corset. Jeff Bridges occupies the character like a homeless squatter. I found myself wondering how young Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) could endure his body odor.