‘True Grit’ MotB
(9.15) This week at Movies on the Block is the 2010 version of “True Grit” starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and Hailee Steinfeld. (More on her later.)
I ended up liking this movie so much, it made me go watch the original John Wayne vehicle, which I also ended up liking a lot. They both turned out to be pretty damn entertaining. This one is based on the original book, not the 1969 movie. From the New York Times review,
Beautifully adapted by Joel and Ethan Coen from the parodic western novel by Charles Portis, it turns on a 14-year-old Arkansas girl who hires a “one-eyed fat man” to hunt down her father’s killer.
The Coen Brothers are pretty reliable moviemakers — although you can skip “Hail, Caesar!” — and at this point, Josh Brolin should be on the short list of America’s greatest living actors. He’s often being a bit goofy so it’s easy to overlook how good he is. Put “W.” and “Inherent Vice” in your queue.
So . . . Hailee Steinfeld. She’s all grown up now and has decided the world needed another mediocre pop star squeaking out just one more tedious, formulaic pop song. Ugh. The song will be inevitably be defended as girl power! when it is really about masturbation. Get ready to be called a perv for even thinking such a thing. Go here to watch “Love Myself.”
“True Grit” is rated PG-13. Running time: 110 minutes.
6:54pm, Thursday, September 15, Grant’s Block, 260 Westminster at Union Street, (directions)