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Movie Critic Review: True Grit

Why do people in the film industry remake classic movies? Are they not able to find new cinematic projects? Is it out of a tendency to compete with the original movie they are remaking? Are they calling older 'given' audience? Or are they showing the new audience that classics are better than modern date productions?


The good answer is probably a blend of the answers to these questions. I would also add that if one has a new interpretation to an old cinematic treatment nothing should stop him!

The 1969 movie by Henry Hathaway based on an American novel was a great success. Late actor John Wayne was awarded an Oscar for his role in that movie. The 2011 remake by the same name True Grit has also been a big success earning over $ 167 million. The film is a journey into the prairies of three persons tracking the killer of the father of a 14-year old girl. The girl hired this old, one-eyed U.S. marshal for this job(John Wayne in the original picture and Jeff Bridges in this remake). The third person was an award-hunter(Matt Damon).

Some critics believe that the old original movie focused more on the glory of the American western as exemplified by John Wayne who had mostly played cowboy movies. The Coen brothers who made this 2010 version focused on the girl and how determined she was to revenge for her deceased father. This brings the point I have mentioned earlier. Interpretation. Coen brothers looked at the novel from a slightly different angle. They did not draw on that sense of heroism which seemed to have inspired Henry Hathaway and John Wayne. But the new edition is equally entertaining.

The new Coen Brothers version was nominated for ten Academy Awards and it was the opening show of the 61 Berlin Film Festival.
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