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posted Friday, December 24, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 52
Jeff Bridges takes on John Wayne in True Grit reboot
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Jeff Bridges takes on John Wayne in True Grit reboot

by Scott Rice - SGN Contributing Writer

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My father is certain that everything you need to know about being a real man can be learned from two sources: The Bible and John Wayne movies.

Wayne and his penis won an Oscar for his 1969 performance in the Henry Hathaway adaptation of the much loved Charles Portis novel, True Grit. For the three of you who have never seen or read True Grit, it's the story of Mattie Ross, an impetuous fourteen year old girl from Yell County Arkansas with a penchant for vengeance and her unlikely hired gun, the always irascible and often drunk, Rooster Cogburn.

Wayne and his penis won the Oscar for playing the same character he had been playing since the '30s. He beat the likes of Richard Burton, Jon Voight, Dustin Hoffman, and Peter O'Toole. He actually won the Oscar because he had been around since the earth cooled and had been reliable box office bank pretty much the entire time. He and his penis did not win for playing the same character he had played in countless films since the '30s. And yes, I'm still bitter that Julia Roberts beat out Ellen Burstyn in 2001 for the same reason.

Jeff Bridges' take on Rooster Cogburn is the reason the Coen brothers 2010 reboot was made (and the main reason to see it). That's not written pejoratively. There have many movies made for poorer reasons. And Bridges doesn't let us down. He literally chews up the screen, reminding us, as if he needed to after last year's Oscar winning turn in Crazy Heart, that he is a national treasure and that he can actually act.

Bridges (and his penis) is a brave soul to take on the iconic John Wayne/Rooster Cogburn role. Wayne stamped his manly image all over the character. I wouldn't want to be the guy who had to utter the legendary line, 'Fill your hand you son of a bitch.' Rest assured, the line is uttered. And Bridges does indeed get away with it.

Another reason to see the latest Coen brothers flick is Hailee Steinfeld (that's Hailee with two 'E's, arrrrg!). Despite the tortured spelling of the '90s era girl name staple, Steinfeld is a force with which to be reckoned. She rocks the screen in a subtly darker (and more Lesbian) take on the fourteen year old protagonist, Mattie Ross. Steinfeld modulates determination and precociousness successfully in the role that could have easily slipped into tom-boy stereotype. When she finally takes Chekhov's gun out of the flour sack and takes aim at the dude who murdered her father, you believe her.

Josh Brolin gets little screen time: sad. Barry Pepper plays Ned Pepper: odd. Matt Damon sucks: bad (I know this should be the adverb 'badly' but that would screw up my rhythm).

It's not all Damon's fault. The film's actors, other than Bridges, have obviously been directed to speak with an odd cadence that makes the acting seem imbecilic. That's my politically correct way of saying retarded. I don't know why the Coen brothers would make this decision but it is mildly disconcerting and the only actor to come out clean is Steinfeld (Bridges opts out entirely). I suppose it's meant to sound 19th Century Arkansas-ee, but it just ends up sounding silly.

John Wayne and his penis acted in over 180 films between 1926 and 1976. He became the epitome of masculinity for a generation of men, including my father. He taught America that real men don't talk much and never cry. He taught America that real men shoot straight and ride hard and always get the bad guy. And in the case of Rooster Cogburn, they may have to bend the rules to get it done. This points to the only reservation I have about the 2010 Coen brother's take on the iconic film. Unlike their sublime reconstruction of the western landscape in No Country for Old Men, this version of True Grit doesn't do anything new for the genre. Still, Bridges alone is worth the ticket.

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