Monday, December 27, 2010

True Grit

How often can you watch the movie of one of your favorite books and feel like justice was done? I'll tell you: not often. But the Coen brothers' new version of Charles Portis's True Grit was done with absolute respect for the novel. Almost all of the dialogue is taken verbatim, and the most of the changes are things left out (though there's an important change to the ending). Portis is a comic writer with a perfect ear, and True Grit was an obvious choice to make into a movie. The other Portis novel I've read, Dog of the South, is less so: while just as funny, its plot is crazy and all over the place. True Grit has a simple, arrow-straight plot. It's a perfect short novel, and the movie is perfect, too.

3 comments:

Z Cole said...

Sure, fine. But can it began to the world-weary realism and existential angst of LITTLE FOCKERS?

jrlennon said...

In twenty years' time, the Coen Brother's remake of Little Fockers will blow your mind.

Hope said...

I never read the book, but the movie dialogue was delish