Posted on 1/25/11 09:42 AM
I really liked this movie...but I'm not sure why it needed to be made. I don't think it is much different or much of an improvement on the original. The original was funnier but this one may be seen as more realistic (except for the truly pathetic computer generated snakes!) or a bit truer to the novel (which I have not read).
Like many of the best westerns the movie presents a seemingly straightforward story with many layers of meaning. What is the true nature of 'justice'? How does it relate to 'vengence'? It presents evil as banal and examines the role of character (true grit) in human dealings. And, not least, 'violence' which is common both to good and evil is fully displayed (more so in this remake).
I particularly liked the use of the Iris Dement song at the end.