I may get blasted out of the western genre for this but...Here goes.
I bought the old and the new version of True Grit. I'd watched the old version a long time ago and since I have a terrible memory wanted to see it again and the new movie. This is where I'll get blasted... I'm not a John Wayne fan. I've only watched a few of his movies that I liked. Anyway, back to True Grit. I found the old version had poor acting. I couldn't get fully engaged in the story.
But because I'd watch the old movie one night and the new version the next night I knew what was going to happen, and I think that took away from the new version a bit, but I liked the newer version. The acting was much better and more believable.
I liked the strong heroine in the story. She had gumption, conviction, and a sense of justice. The Texas ranger was on the edge of honorable. There were some scenes when I didn't like him and others when I did. Which made it interesting to watch and see what he would do. Rooster Cogburn was gruff at first look but had a good heart. The trio was a good contrast adding conflict, camaraderie, and a combined objective.
Which of the movies did you like the new or old version? Why?