Tuesday, January 28, 2014

True Grit (1969)

IMDb plot summary: A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn young woman track down her father's murderer in Indian territory.
Directed by Henry Hathaway. Starring John Wayne, Kim Darby, and Glen Campbell.

As far as westerns go, this one is OK. It doesn't blow me away, but nor does it bore me NEARLY as much as most westerns do. I saw the remake back when it first came out and remembered feeling the same way about it. Mattie is a great character - part of her is the typical feisty girl trope, but she's also got an amusing lack of social graces about her which peg her, at heart, as a child. She not only doesn't have the inclination to be diplomatic, but I'm not sure she would even know how to. She's what makes this movie fun for me, providing a dynamic that offsets the macho man of John Wayne. If you're going to watch a John Wayne movie... well, it should be The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. But then if you're going to watch a second one, it should be this one. 3 stars.

Flickchart: #772 out of 2006, below Hitch and above Must Love Dogs.

Rent on Amazon for $2.99.

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