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“True Grit” – the sequel

     The second “True Grit” movie was more medieval than the first, merely because it was a sequel. Originality was not considered to be a virtue during the Middle Ages. The greatest intellectuals then wrote commentaries of the works of those who had gone before them, and the general attitude was of being “dwarves standing on the shoulders of giants”, according to which they believed their predecessors to have been as superior to them as giants are to dwarves. Thus, a sequel, which makes no claim at originality, but merely tries to add to what has come before, is medieval.

     Jeff Bridges revived the role formerly played by John Wayne. In my opinion, John Wayne did a better job. Wayne’s character started ‘tough’, ‘hard’, ‘insensitive’, but changed during the movie, because of the time he spent with Mattie, the little girl. The Jeff Bridges version began the same way, but did not change as the John Wayne character did. Character development is good for a movie, but it is not very medieval.

     The manner of speaking used by the characters in this sequel was very deliberate, with a distinct pause between each word. Their sentences did not flow. If one did not know better, he might think that the actors were unskilled and knew not how to deliver their lines. I know better. The Coen Brothers and Jeff Bridges were on television talk shows. They said that the manner of speaking was intentional. I do not know how people spoke in the Middle Ages. There are no recordings of their voices. It could be thought, however, that they spoke slowly, with pauses between words, because they had more time than we do today.