True Grit review buzz has been high from the start. However, True Grit review raves may or may not be enough to overshadow a big recent setback. With no Golden Globe nominations, the film is now starting to lose ground in the Oscar race. Although Oscar nominations still seem very likely, in multiple major categories, its chances to win a few could be stalled at the moment. But the high True Grit review scores, and whatever box office it can get, could help turn things back around.
The original 1969 John Wayne vehicle has a mixed legacy. It got Wayne his only Oscar, but many believe it was only for his past unrewarded work, and that it wasn’t that faithful to the original novel. However, the new version has the Coen Brothers sticking more closely to the book, and putting The Dude in the eyepatch of the Duke.
Most True Grit review comments lavish the expected praise on Jeff Bridges, for standing tall in Wayne’s shadow as Rooster Cogburn. However, despite the star power of Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and the Coens, the major talking point is a little girl making her acting debut.
While Wayne towered over all else in the 1969 version, the star of the original book was Mattie Ross, the girl out to avenge her father’s murder. Not only is she the star of the remake, but newcomer Hailee Steinfeld is said to steal the film from the three A-list headliners.
The True Grit review consensus on Rotten Tomatoes reads “Guided by strong performances from Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, and lifted by some of the Coens’ most finely tuned, unaffected work, True Grit is a worthy companion to the Charles Portis book.” Out of 102 reviews, only four are negative, for a 96 percent positive rating.
With Steinfeld as the big new find of the fall, and with Bridges and the Coens together again, the film has some of the highest scores in Oscar season. Still, having no Golden Globe nominations is hanging over the film at the moment, with The Social Network, The King’s Speech and The Fighter holding momentum right now.
What’s more, some of the True Grit review articles place this just below the Coens’ best work. Given that the Coens have set such a high bar before, this may not be telling in of itself. Yet this is said to be among the more traditional Coen films, despite much of their usual black humor, so long time fans might not know what to make of it,
At the least, the new True Grit review buzz is leaving Wayne’s version in the dust. But comparing the two appears to be useless – especially since Rooster Cogburn isn’t even the real star this time around.
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