Monday, August 6, 2012
It made me think of the movie Bad Company starring a much, much younger Jeff Bridges as leader of a group of juvenile delinquents in Kansas during the Civil War. The criminals in the movie were the least threatening characters. The marshal and his men were killers, which wasn't surprising, But the farmers and settlers were terrible. They were cold blooded and vengeful. There's one shocking scene that shows how bad they were.
I never liked westerns because of the ugly clothes, the uninviting desert landscapes, the illiterates whose only recreation was hanging around in bars and whose greatest ambition is to some day own a ranch. True Grit had none of that stuff. It made the old west look pretty nice. People were educated and spoke really good English, criminal defendants had lawyers who aggressively cross-examined witnesses and people threatened to sue each other rather than threatening violence. There were no barroom brawls. Kind of a nice setting, too. They weren't out sweating in the desert. But you really want to live among people like Mattie Ross?
Posted by Waldo Scott at 6:31 PM