Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Movie Review: Jeff Bridges Shows "True Grit"

By Scott Tre

The Western is considered the most American of film genres.  It shamelessly embraced the outlaws of the period as folk heroes, setting a trend that would repeat itself in gangster and crime films.  By the end of the 1960’s, the genre fell out of favor with the movie going public.  It was replaced in the 1970’s by its natural successor, the action picture.  Many notable filmmakers have returned to rich mythology of the American west every so often over the last 40 or so years, having offered revisionist and deconstructionist takes on the genre.  Some of these seemed to be made almost in apology for the blatantly romanticism and glorification displayed during the genre's heyday.  For a filmmaker in this day and age to offer an unapologetic and unabashedly classic take on the genre would take balls of steel.