good and evil
"You must pay for everything in this world, one way and another. There is nothing free except the grace of God." - Mattie Ross, "True Grit"
I caught "True Grit" today, and I'm mystified why it didn't win any of the ten Oscars it was nominated for. But I suppose that only matters if you care about those things.
My first Coen brothers movie was "Fargo" and ever since, it's been a gentle, incidental, process of falling in love with their work, including their adaption of a book by one of my all-time favourite writers, "No Country for Old Men" by Cormac McCarthy.
"True Grit" has humour, richly-conceived characters, a charismatic cast, and of course, that Coen touch of irony. A Western in their hands is done with a knowing quality while embracing the charms of the genre. Hailee Steinfeld, playing Mattie Ross, made me think of "American Gothic" by Grant Wood.
I like the steely determination, toughness and resilience that carried out throughout the movie - it has the mood of the classic westerns I loved so much as a child and in some ways. In particular, the idea of an American Frontier Woman has always appealed to me, and I've resented how it's been politicised and exploited by the likes of Sarah Palin and her "Mama Grizzly" crap. This film for me restores some of the romance. In fact, I like it so much, I'm going to watch "Fargo" again before I go to bed.
Also, not forgetting this is a blog mostly about style, here's an NYT interview with the movie's costume designer Mary Zophres about that very memorable hat Hailee Steinfeld rocked throughout the movie - read it here.
Picture from theiapolis cinema