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The Ward (2010)
Not Bad but some big mistakes right off the bat.
Not Bad if you compare it to the "B" movies of the 50's. First They should have at least made the actresses have 1960's hair. Highlights weren't in fashion back then like the ones the main character has. I am....simply put....disappointed in this John Carpenter film...at least it has the reporter guy...Jared Harris...from Mr Deeds in it! I've seem scarier Disney movies to be honest, like the witch from snow white. Nothing more than a "Gore" film with Jason Vorheese taking the form of a ghost. A gratuitous shower scene that reveals nothing and really adds nothing to the film. Constant vague flashbacks make you wonder why they didn't just name this film "Flashback" instead.
True Grit (2010)
Good remake however, credit should be given where credit is due.
After much anticipation for the release of this film, I sat down to enjoy a fine performance by the main credited actors, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin. It quickly became apparent that the true star of this feature was not to be Mr. Brolin nor Mr. Damon and not even the seasoned Mr. Bridges. The incredible performance by a young Miss Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross stole the show. While Damon, Brolin and Bridges all turned in wonderful performances, it is my opinion that the theatrical credits on the advertisements should actually have omitted Brolin as a headliner and listed Miss Steinfeld in his stead. Although it was Brolin's character of Tom Chaney that tied the entire plot together, he actually had a total of only 10 minutes of screen time. I look forward to seeing more of her work in the future.
I rather enjoyed Mr. Bridges interpretation of the role of Rooster Cogburn that John Wayne had made so famous. "The Duke" has some big boots to fill and "The Dude" did his best to fill them. Watching Bridges performance, I couldn't help but be reminded of Kris Kristofferson.
All in all a great film with actually very little "blood n guts" gun fights.
I would suggest to all who see this one also take the time to watch the original "True Grit" featuring John Wayne and see what a great job Bridges did with holding true to his character.