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True Grit: From book to film

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To read K’s review, that I am responding to, see here

Dear Kathryn,

Well, I’m almost hesitant to respond to your beautiful analysis of this movie!  Nevertheless, what I have to offer connects to your reflections in an interesting way.  Usually I try to avoid going on at length about the differences between the book and the film (as we tried to avoid with our discussion of The Road).  But I am struck by how some of the more poignant moments for you were precisely the moments that the Coen brothers played with and changed.  And so I think a little reflection on the book/film differences might be warranted. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 9, 2011 at 4:52 pm

True Grit

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Dear Natalie,

I finally saw True Grit and my very first reaction was “wow, that was by the Coen brothers?” It was so lyrical, so heartening, so almost sweet, it was hard to reconcile with my going assumptions about a Coen film. I had far too much No Country For Old Men in mind. Then again, I haven’t read the novel (as I know you have) or seen the John Wayne original, but having read a bit more about them both now, I probably should have expected more of what I got. I have also had a few days to reflect on the film and its Coen brothers’ nature has emerged more clearly in my mind. In fact, the more I think about it, the more it seems True Grit embodies their signature style and tone in the most deliciously understated way. That signature style and tone being an unflinching look at the compromised nature of all human beings, our perilous relationship to forces (most evil some good) beyond our control, and the difficult, often buffoonish, struggle to do right as a compromised human in a world so perilously poised. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 2, 2011 at 1:33 pm