We went to see the new True Grit last week, and were not disappointed. Jeff Bridges does a marvelous job in his role as Rooster Cogburn. Even Matt Damon is convincing as Texas Ranger, LaBoeuf. I compare the performances with the older version of the film. I'd always thought the scene in which LaBoeuf spanks the 14-year old Mattie Ross was meant to provoke laughter (even other unsavory associations particular to the American consciousness) in the older one. In the new one, Matt Damon's fury over the brat's impudence and disrespect for authority embodied in the two law enforcement officers makes the spanking credible. And Rooster's intervention is all the more believable as it appears to all that the Ranger could seriously hurt the girl.
More to come.