True Grit revitalises the western genre for the screen
It may not be as good as the original but it's great news that the new True Grit is doing excellent business at the box office and is approaching blockbuster status - (From The Baltimore Sun) The box-office news this week is that the Coen Bros.' deliciously literate "True Grit" is acquiring blockbuster status. It's an amazing victory for a Western that is centered not just on character but on language -- on personality and values as expressed through formal period diction (courtesy of original novelist Charles Portis). The movie brings you into a world in which a young heroine can achieve power partly because of her manner of speech. 14-year-old Mattie Ross expresses rectitude and strength with a verbal intensity that's sometimes funny and sometimes even scary. Hailee Steinfeld is a wonderment in the role (she was thirteen when she played it) -- and apparently, young men as well as young women can identify with her.
This is great news for the western genre - of course we've known it all along but westerns are cool again.