Skip to content

True Grit: Grace and Justice

December 30, 2010

If you haven’t seen the Coen brother’s remake of the old John Wayne classic True Grit, you should. It is powerful, funny, violent, and gripping. It is a movie that makes sense on one level and on another level hints at a meaning that so often escapes our mortal eyes – so watch it with eyes wide open.

Stanley Fish wrote an excellent opinion piece in the New York Times, here are a couple of my favorite lines from his article:

“things happen, usually bad things (people are hanged, robbed, cheated, shot, knifed, bashed over the head and bitten by snakes), but they don’t have any meaning, except the meaning that you had better not expect much in this life because the brute irrationality of it all is always waiting to smack you in the face”

“She [Mattie] goes forward not because she has faith in a better worldly future — her last words to us are “Time just gets away from us” — but because she has faith in the righteousness of her path, a path that is sure (because it is not hers) despite the absence of external guideposts”

Advertisements
No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: