We went to see True Grit and were not disappointed. The movie showed the range of capability of Jeff Bridges. He "fit" the role of a drunken, smelly, mean as a snake, Rooster Cogburn, wheras the original Rooster Cogburn had to "fit" the personna of a John Wayne.
The latest story takes a slight different tack by ending years later and by putting some little Coen brothers tricks .
The little girl, who, I understand, was a walk-on audition , was a marvelous choice.
penultimately, the Victorian speech patterns , similar to the styles of McMurtry , were wonderful. The speech patterned paced the movie.
LAstly, the cinematography was masterful. Theres been a real play to undersaturate and " tint with depression" , the colors and shots of recent westerns and all of Cormack Mcarthy's screenplay adaptations. Not so here. The shots and framing were very well done (IMHO) and the colors were not gaudy, but were fully spectral..
The shots were close-in, some panned around, and others were shot for framing. I liked em all.
Cinematography has been talking it in the ass for several years in my mind. I loved the concept of all the Spiderman movies but disliked how dark they were all shot ( color value wise). Lots and lots of movies are doing this to give a phony noir look and it doesnt work in most cases.