Today, I got no reading done, because it was a busy day. It started with a brunch/Bible study with a group of couples from our church and continued with my sister, her son and our aunt visiting me and my wife for a late Christmas gathering. The day ended, though, on a semi-literary with my going to see the Coen Brothers’ True Grit, based on the book by Charles Portis, with a couple of friends (unfortunately, my wife reinjured her sciatic nerve that she injured last week and so was unable to attend).
In brief, since I’m posting this so late, I thought it was a solid movie, if not one of the best by the Coen brothers. Still it was good, buoyed especially by the performance of Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross. To be honest, while I liked Jeff Bridges (who also impressed me in recent years with Crazy Heart) as Rooster Cogburn, I had a hard time understanding him at times. It was as if he had marbles in his mouth, although I think that was in keeping with his character having chewing tobacco in his jaw much of the time. I would have preferred, though, to have the option of closed captioning so I could have captured some of the wonderful dialogue.
Matt Damon was good, but nothing stood out about his performance to me. What did stand out, in contrast, was the cinematography as always great with a Coen brothers film, with Roger Deakins who also worked with the brothers on several of their films, including Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou?, and No County for Old Men, as director of photography.
Overall, I’d give the movie a 3 out of 4, well worth seeing, but not necessary to see in the theater.