True Grit: Review Part 3

Part 2 "The wicked flee when none pursueth." (Proverbs 28:1). In the original novel by Charles Portis, the verse is quoted by Mattie Ross, the girl-heroine, in her dry narrator's voice explaining the flight of Tom Cheney, the man who killed her father. Mattie is the revelation of this film, in every sense. She's 14… Continue reading True Grit: Review Part 3

True Grit: Review Part 2

Part 1 In Sergio Leone's films (I'm thinking particularly of his trilogy: A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly), for the first time the dirt and sweat and moral complication of life on the frontier seemed to leave its mark on the righteous gunslinger. Even in the… Continue reading True Grit: Review Part 2