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Not sure if I’d mentioned this, but I interviewed Adrian Belew

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True Grit vs True Grit, the old and the new, and what I think of both

The new version of True Grit
The new version of True Grit
True Grit
True Grit

Now I’ve seen both, and within only a few weeks of each other, so I think it’s not a bad time to make a comparison.

I have to start with the fact that my preference is unchanged. I think that the original is the best of the two. In fact it is the best by far. Having said that, the remake has some very good qualities in its favour. First off, it is a very true remake. Very little is changed, with the exception of the ending, which, I believe, is much closer to the book. However, I’ve not read the book as yet. When I have there’ll be another comparison of all three.

Where I think the remake went wrong is in three key areas. I’ll explain them shortly. However, for now …

IF YOU HAVE ANY INTENTION OF WATCHING THESE FILMS, PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE SPOILERS FOLLOWING!

  1. John Wayne can’t really be bettered. Bridges did a good job but I wasn’t sure what he was trying to do with his accent really. That seemed a bit strange to me.
  2. The (for me) quintessential line “Fill you hands you son of a bitch” is delivered properly in the original. Not so much in the remake.
  3. The ending. I won’t say why I don’t like the ending in the remake, but the original’s ending is upbeat and excellent, and I love it.

I’m glad I’ve seen both and I’m glad I’ve got both. In my opinion they’re both worth watching, but the original will always be the best.

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I got a copy of the newer version of True Grit

The new version of True Grit
The new version of True Grit

I have seen this before. I didn’t like it though. I never felt it worked very well and I wasn’t sure of Jeff Bridges’ performance at all. But after seeing the original I wanted to see it again, just to be sure of what I’d made of it originally. I found this copy on eBay for £0.50 so I thought it probably wasn’t too much of a cost to see the film again.

I’ll get to watch it in the next few weeks, and when I do I’ll post some thoughts and comparison type stuff.

 

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Seeing Star Wars The Force Awakens (no spoilers)

Well at last I went to see the new Star Wars film. I went to the iMax at the Science Museum, which is a brilliant place to see the film and a lovely venue all in all.

In some ways I was quite nervous. The original films were a big part of my growing up. The three ‘newer’, or ‘rubbish’ films were such a disappointment that I don’t really count them as Star Wars films at all. So I was worried that it wouldn’t meet expectations. However, it did. I really enjoyed it.

I won’t mention anything about the plot here or give anything away. I think that’s quite an unpleasant thing to do, especially to fans. But it really is a great reboot of the franchise, and a good signal that it’s back on the right track now. I’m glad it’s back.

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One of my all time favourite films

True Grit
True Grit

This is a brilliant film. One of the best in my opinion. I love it, and at last it’s great to own a copy. I remember seeing it at the National Film Theatre (now the BFI), years ago and thinking that I really should get a copy. Now I have.

If you haven’t seen it, then I strongly suggest you give it a look.