IMDB Review Link and Rating 8.5!
Does this one measure up to the original in 1969 which won big John Wayne The Academy Award? No. This movie is overrated, but that is to be expected, it's still really good. Jeff Bridges did fine as Marshall Rooster Cogburn, but he isn't as colorful as he should have been. Basically because he is not The Duke! Matt Dillions Texas Ranger part was memorable I thought, but the pesky little girl seemed to overshadow everything. The ending wasn't very climatic either as Josh Brolin's character, the focus of the film, was brief and forgettable. What did I like about the movie, well I'll tell you. The theater was packed with people older than me for a change. Hollywood finally made a movie that older people would come and see, even if it is a remake. Will they figure out this formula, I doubt it, but there is hope. There is an awful lot of westerns that should be remade, because Westerns dominated the silver screens for decades. As for me, I love westerns, so I don't mind those mid-western tales being told over again. If you ever saw the original this one will dissapoint you a bit, but if you never saw it you might be blown away depending on your level of intelligence. Check it out, it's a good one just not great as they some people seem to think. Modern era comparison would be The Unforgiven and The Unforgiven is head and shoulders better. BANG! BANG!