Here we are at another Blogfest and as usual I'm a day late and a dollar short. I didn't post on Wednesday (my normal posting day) because I've been crazy busy and I knew I would post today and YET...
Anyway...I've given a whole lot of thought to this Best and Worst Movie Remake Blogfest. There are definitely some stinkers out there and a few pretty good ones too. In the end I decided on ONE movie. Yeah, that's right one movie gets my award for both the the Best and Worst Movie Remake.
Guess I better tell ya and get it over with, but promise you'll read the WHOLE POST and let me explain.
The movie 'TRUE GRIT'
First, the BEST part. The Coen's did a pretty good job on this one and Jeff Bridges (I have always liked him) well what more can I say. This guy has matured into a pretty darn good actor and I love that voice - sounds like it's run over a ole dry river bed of gravel. I did prefer Kim Darby as Mattie Ross. When you compare the acting chops of Matt Damon and Glen Campbell - well there is no comparison, but I liked Campbell better, he seemed more down to earth and a better naive comparison to Cogburn. Anyway...this remake, even though I resisted seeing it, and didn't want to like it, was definitely a well done film and a pretty darn good remake.
The WORST part was that NOBODY quite compares to John Wayne no matter who he's playing. Some how it seemed a travesty to me that they would remake such an iconic movie and replace such a great character. As I said earlier, I liked Darby and Campbell better in there parts and I found the ending to the original much more satisfying that in the remake. I DID NOT want to know that Rooster Cogburn died in a run down 'Wild West Show'. I did not want to see Mattie Ross as this one armed, old maid (looking a lot like Miss Gooch(was that her name- you know the spinster on the bike in the Wizard of Oz who hates Toto - she later becomes the WWoftheW) tracking him down.
That shoot out scene where Rooster has the reins in his mouth, a rifle in one hand and a pistol in the other. I tell ya, nobody, but nobody could pull that off like Mr. Wayne. Yeah, I like Jeff Bridges alright and he was good, but he's not JOHN WAYNE!
So in my opinion 'True Grit the remake was one fine movie and yet the worst remake I've seen to date. Does that make sense? Oh well, you know me.
As for songs there are a lot of lousy covers/remakes but just recently someone assaulted my ears with Avril Lavigne's version of 'Knocking on Heavens Door'. You have got to be kidding me. It was awful.
I almost forgot ( actually I had to pull this back and add). TO LEARN MORE AND READ OTHER CHOICES GO HERE