True Grit, God’s Grace & 2011

There is nothing like ringing in the New Year with a Coen brothers film.  True Grit (not the John Wayne True Grit for fans of the 1969 version)  but True Grit 2010 begins with this quote:

There is nothing free in this world.  You must pay for everything in this world one way or another.  There is nothing free with the exception of God’s grace

And with that opening the viewer is treated to a raw and great film where Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old, goes to make the man who killed her father pay in this world.  She is determined and not ready to forgive and give grace to this crime – forgiveness is for the divine.   What she wants is someone with ‘true grit’ who can go capture him and bring him to justice.  This she finds in the person of Rooster Cogburn.   As the movie moves forward Rooster Cogburn is clearly not the only one who shows grit – Mattie is right up there with him.

In recent years I have come to respect and sometimes even love the Coen brothers films feeling they have some good theology to offer.  So much so that Christmas a year ago my son, who majored in film, gave me the book “The Dude Abides:The Gospel according to the Coen Brothers”. In this film I love the character of Mattie and the theology she lives by as a 14-year-old.   She has a purpose and she is going to fulfill that purpose with true grit and God’s grace.  She never deviates from this.

It is at the same time challenging and appealing to picture going into 2010 with true grit and God’s grace.  So I offer the challenge here and say:

Happy New Year – Go with Grit and Grace!


5 thoughts on “True Grit, God’s Grace & 2011

  1. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is wonderful blog. An excellent read. I’ll definitely be back.


  2. And a graceful gritty New Year to you Marilyn! Haven’t seen the film yet. Want to a maybe can when Mark and Lauren come through with families in a week.


    1. I’d love to hear what you think when/if you see it. Another excellent one is the one I blogged on the day before – The King’s Speech. Happy New Year!


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