Friday, March 12, 2010

True Grit (1969)

Dir: Henry Hathaway
Turner Classic Movies broadcast

Admittedly, I am not the biggest fan of John Wayne. However, it's pretty easy to see why he won an Oscar for his portrayal of Rooster Cogburn in this film as he is leaps and bounds better than the rest of the cast, most of which recite their lines like they're reading them from cue cards for the first time. The film seemed more dialog heavy than it probably was just for the simple fact that every line reading was painful on the ears. The direction is uninspired with poor staging and a made-for-tv look. I was completely uninvolved with the story line which is no more than an excuse to force a pro-death penalty agenda down the viewer's throats. It follows a girl whose father is murdered in cold blood and she goes out to find the most violent Marshall and a hangin' judge. It's a sad situation that has no effect because the girl is so grating on the nerves. Frankly I'm surprised that this one has a favorable reputation at all.


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