Monday, July 18, 2011

Monday Movie Meme

Molly at The Bumbles Blog hosts the weekly Monday Movie Meme.

Share on your blog your favorite YTD movie - not necessarily one released this year, just a new-to-you film viewed this year, and link back here so that others can find you. And don't forget to visit your fellow participants!

I was lucky enough to have seen several good movies this year, but I think the best had to be the True Grit remake. The story centers on a 14-year-old girl, Mattie Ross, who comes to town to claim the body of her father, who was shot by his hired man, Tom Chaney.

Mattie browbeats the undertaker, the hired man and the stable owner where her father's horses were kept, and walks away from both with undoubtedly shrewd deals. With her father's burial managed and money in her pocket, she sets off about her next order of business: she wants to hunt down Tom Chaney and bring him back to hang for her father's murder. To do that, she needs the meanest marshall in town, Reuben "Rooster" Cogburn.

Cogburn takes more convincing than the undertaker or stable owner, but eventually the two set off, with a Texas Ranger, also on the hunt for Chaney, tagging along.

There was a lot of recognition for young Hailee Streitfeld in this movie, and it was well-deserved. She easily holds her own alongside the likes of Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and Matt Damon. The movie was well-acted and dramatic, with some definite deviations from the John Wayne version of the movie.

Honorable mentions to The Social Network and The King's Speech, both of which were far more compelling than they had any right to be.

Now we have to do one about the biggest disappointment of the year.


  1. I did like Mattie in this film, and Le Beouf--but I didn't care for Cogburn. I'm a devoted John Wayne fan and this guy just didn't measure up. I did like the way the story was put together in this version. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

  2. I liked this version of the movie. Bridges is still showing he can be very versatlei from one movie to the next, the measure of a True Great.. Nice choice of movie this one.

  3. I'm conflicted about this one in that is truer to the book than the original and Matt Damon is a far, far better choice than Glen Campbell (!) in the original. Plus it was nice to see Mattie played by an actual girl instead of the young woman in the original. But I kept wishing we could time travel somehow to replace The Dude in the version with The Duke from the original. I'm no John Wayne fan, but he had more vanity and gravitas than Jeff Bridges, a little more warmth.

    But you know, it's a testament to how much impact this True Grit had that it still stirs such strong feelings in me, six months later.

  4. I have yet to see this one, though it is in my Netflix queue! Never saw the original since I'm not a John Wayne fan at all. Can't wait to see this one.

  5. What? True Grit is a remake? Say it ain't so, lol. I had no idea that True Grit was not the original version.

    Also, I'm right there along with you and was just thinking the same thing about biggest disappointment of the year. I called it "Worst Movie to Date" in my head though, lol.

    I hate Facebook (HATE IT!) but I liked The Social Network and thought it was one of the best movies of 2010, or maybe even the best that I watched that year....go figure.

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  6. I've got to watch some movies--I've fallen dreadfully behind on what's current.

  7. I never saw the original. So I was tempted to see this version without any basis for comparison to annoy me. But I just haven't brought myself to watch a western yet. Though I did forget Matt Damon was involved - hmmmmmm.....

  8. I should say that I actually preferred Glen Campbell as LeBoef, or at least I'd call it a draw. I far preferred John Wayne over Jeff Daniels.