Just saw the Coen Brothers' "True Grit" for a second time, and found it equally as enjoyable and thought provoking as the first viewing. I wanted to start a discussion on a few of the references and motifs of the film.
The first, and most obvious, is in the title. What is "Grit", and how is it true or untrue? Which characters have Grit, and how is it displayed in them?
The second motif is that of the snakes. Throughout the film the principal characters employ techniques aimed at protecting against snakebites, yet in the end the snakebite cannot be avoided. What does this imply? Is this a biblical reference?
Finally, the film opens with a quote from Proverbs: "The wicked flee when no man pursueth." How do you think this quote applies to the film? Does it hold true with the entire film as it does with Chaney fleeing from the corpse of Mattie's father? Does the second half of the quote, "But the righteous are as bold as a lion," also apply?
Food for thought, have at it everyone! Let's hear what you think.