Rooster Cogburn Reviews
interesting camera work. the way the cameras changed lenses are worth going back and studying. really beautiful landscape.
the movie was entirely too much fun. what a blast.
It may just be a disconnected sequel to "True grit" with only John Wayne's eye-patch in there to keep the big duke's wig in place, but this is still a decent watch. The writing is good and sometimes really quite funny, and of course the performances from the two very experienced leads is solid enough for one to care about what is going on. Worth a look but not one of the better westerns.
Basically he is sent after a gang of thieves to help clear his good name. He finds a preaches wife and a young Indian boy and they all set off to save the day.
It was okay, much better during the shoot out scenes, which were great fun, but a lot of talking in slow scenes hurt the film.
Wayne and Hepburn were really really really old in this. It was a huge distraction for me, as it was hard to see people this old in such a grand adventure. Their banter was fun at times, but I was a bit annoyed with all the religious talk from Hepburn.
I could see why Wayne was so well liked though, as he comes off so fun here...miles better than Bridges when he played this role.
A Character named Rooster Cogburn is the kind of name that sticks out amongst western culture as its vaguely comedic of its own right. Rooster Cogburn himself appears to have grown with the comedic theme, because within the first 6 minutes of Rooster Cogburn we witness a memorable character turned into a joke. Rooster Cogburn makes its titular character appear as nothing less than a senseless alcoholic, and after True Grit made him out to be a character with the fine line between caring and careless, Rooster Cogburn makes him seem too drunk to be a serious Marshal anymore, and he's basically just a commercialized family-friendly comedy figure who no longer has the True Grit that won him the Academy Award for Best Actor. Although John Wayne embodies the character finely, there is no Grit left in Rooster Cogburn.
The story also seems like a rehash of True Grit, except instead of being paired with a young girl he teams up with an old woman which essentially serves as an overused dynamic about an odd couple, and the little comedic appeal or depth within the character keeps it from even succeeding as the family comedy it reaches out to be. This slows it down and makes it an even slower western than you could expect, with little entertainment value to fill the extensive slow sequences, mainly held back by a lackluster and unclever script.
Rooster Cogburn basically goes against every John Wayne western up to this point, because it raises moral points about women being more than objects, and that goes against his standard western archetype as well as only being thrown in there for commercial value. Basically, Rooster Cogburn is too much of a commercial western to be taken literally as the film it wants to. Stuart Millar essentially was a poor successor as the director of Rooster Cogburn after Henry Hathaway's rounding success on is predecessor. There's a reason he's never been heard from ever since.
There's really minimal of what made True Grit such a success in Rooster Cogburn, and aside from the good visual quality, beautiful locations and strong cinematography as well as an entertaining albeit small quantity of shootout scenes, Rooster Cogburn was a merely rudimentary film and one of the lesser additions to John Wayne's career, as well as Katharine Hepburn's, since her character has no room left for her to breath life into.