Cinema Sound Off-True Grit


My good friend, KM Wilsher, and I are heading out to Harkins Theatres each month to watch a choice movie.

We’ll let you know if it’s worth you spending your hard-earned money or not.

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Now…onto the movie.



Synopsis from IMDB:

Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with “true grit,” Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn. Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose drinking, sloth, and generally reprobate character do not augment her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and surprises on the journey, and each has his or her “grit” tested.

My Review

Oh my, I’m not really sure where to start really. Slow is a word that comes to mind. Yep, VERY slow. As a writer, we’re taught to grab the reader’s attention with the very first line, paragraph, first page, first chapter.

I guess movies don’t follow that same rule.

Now, I’m not a fan of this genre, either (westerns) so the movie already had a strike against it just because it was of the cow-boy-boot-wearing-genre. But still, I figured I could watch it with an open mind.

I tried. Really, I did.

But the slow momentum and boring scenes just never grabbed my attention. The make-up was good, though. All those rotten teeth and such, probably took a long time to do. And Barry Pepper, I nearly didn’t recognize him at first. He did a nice job grossing me out with all the spit goobers and wrangled up teeth and lips.

I think the girl, Mattie, stole the show. She was awesome. Loved her. The rest of the cast…not so much.

So, I’m sorry to say, I have to give it our lowest rating:


1 ticket –Don’t go see it. Give your ticket away.


Have you seen it? What’d you think?

Head on over to KM Wilsher’s blog and see what she thought of the movie.



16 thoughts on “Cinema Sound Off-True Grit

  1. “Give your ticket away”…ha ha! Thanks for the heads up. I think I’ll save my $8.00. Remember when movies were $4.00? I’ve heard The King’s Speech is a good movie. Have you seen it?

    • I do remember when they were $4.00. Jeepers, they’re expensive now. And we even go to the early ones! I haven’t seen the King’s Speech. I have a friend who has and they LOVED it. 🙂

  2. Thanks for validating my opinion for not going. The last Coen Bros movie I saw, I hated everyone in it. AND as to No Country for Old Men, it was sllooowww too- I kept wanting it to pick up the pace AND I hate it when evil prevails. So, I decided to pass on this one!!

  3. Saw it. Agree that it was slow. Agree that liking westerns is a pre-req to liking it. Totally agree about the girl’s performance – she’s nominated for an Oscar for it. I watched the original shortly after, and I do think it was a respectable and worthy remake. But still, slow, slow. Proud of you for trying it though! Haha! Know it’s not your thing. Have a good day!

  4. I generally wait until these movies come to cable before watching them. I just can’t picture anyone being able to successfully fill John Wayne’s…boots. Hm. As much as I like Jeff Bridges, he’s no John Wayne. I’ll wait to see it in a couple of years, lol

  5. I hate to hear this. Hubby and I were kind of wired up about this movie. Well, he was wired up, I was just excited that he might take me out. Like on a date. LOL! Thanks for the warning.

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