I saw the movie. Having read the screenplay, first.

As part of my (ongoing, life-long) course in Movies 101, I’ve been reading as many of this year’s Oscar-nominated Best Picture scripts as I can.
And seeing as many of the movies, as possible.

I’ll be laying several of my verdicts on you, in the coming weeks.

First up: Joel and Ethan Coen’s “True Grit.”

A simple enough tale: Young girl hires grizzled lawman to exact retribution for the murder of her father by a small-time outlaw, in the Old West.

It’s told with the Coen Brothers’ trademark quirky characterizations. And a fair bit of pathos.

Fine performances, all round, with newcomer Hailee Steinfeld (Best Supporting Actress nominee) holding her own among veteran Oscar nominees / winners Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin.

Check out the trailer, below:

In typical Academy Award fashion, the movie got 10 nominations, and not a single award. Oh, well.

Interesting (or not?) Trivia: The hymn featured in the film’s opening and closing narrations is a variant on the same song, used in the same context, in the movie “Wild Bill” (as in, Hickock) – which also starred Jeff Bridges, as a legendary lawman of the Old West.

Have a pleasant weekend.