Rooster Cogburn and the Lady: a Film Review


Two of the most popular stars in screen history are brought together for the first time in the follow-up to True Grit. The Film returns John Wayne to the role of the  rapscallion, eye-patched, whiskey-guzzling Deputy Marshal that won him an Academy Award. Katharine Hepburn is prim Eula Goodnight, a Bible-thumping  missionary who teams up with the gun-fither to avenge the death of her father. While in pursuit of the outlaws, a warm rapport develops between the rough-and-tumble lawman ad the flinty Reverend’s daughter.

My Summary: “‘True Grit’s hero, Rooster Cogburn, is needed again to go after lawbreakers for the government; a gang of to-be bank robbers who have swiped army explosives for their robbery attempt. Tracking the ruffians, he’s a day late to stop them from massacring a band of Indians and a missionary. The deputy attempts to the leave the missionary’s daughter and orphaned Indian boy at a trade post, but when the two insist to go along to see that murderers’ get their just desserts, they form a awkward trio of a wanna-be Indian Marshal, Yankee Do-Gooder, and a drink-loving Deputy.  Between swiping the wagon of explosives into their own care, shooting cornbread in the meadows, squabbling about drinking and yankee accents, they form a rare team of hilarity, bonding and surprising teamwork.'”

First Thoughts: My first thoughts on this was simply; “John Wayne. Awesome.” and then “Rooster Cogburn? YES!” I wasn’t too sure on how the the lady Eula would work out, but she turned into a lovable character too.
Setting: Post-Cival War. That’s all I’m sure about right now.
Characters: Rooster Cogburn. I like him because he’s John Wayne. And John Wayne can pull off some hilarious drunken acting.

Eula Goodnight was an alright character too. Her character, however, was not as balanced. First she protested Cogburn even going after the bad guys. “Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword.” But then in she changed her mind and decided to see them get their just desserts after all. Kinda confusing. I also did not agree with her statements that it was wrong to drink. I believe that being drunk is wrong. But not just drinking. And so, I was more upset at her pining at Rooster to stop drinking then I was at Rooster actually getting drunk. Weird, I know, but that’s the truth. *cheesy smile*

Wolf was the Indian boy, about seventeen years in age. He didn’t say much and when he did, he was soft spoken and clear. And actually, he was very refreshing because he was respectful and honoring to both of Rooster and Eula. And he was an excellent aide in the plan too.

The bad guys were all scary. There was a super cool side plot in it that one of the bad guys had known Rooster previously–that whole thing really turned out cool.
Film Quality: All around good to me. 🙂
Plot: I love the plot about ten times better then True Grit. It wasn’t Rooster with this rude texan and loud-mouthed girl wandering the wilderness after these bad guys, which they happen to run into, and just happen to defeat either (Rooster does mention the escapade to Eula and Wolf while around the camp fire, and retells part of the tale, which was fun having a link between the movies). This plot had EXPLOSIVES in it! So, there was always the danger of them blowing up and keeping it away from the bad guys. The climax was really great; too. Almost hard to describe. Just say it’s so much better then the first.
Dislikes: Mmmmm, the drunkeness. I think there was some swearing too. And . . . . . I didn’t like Eula’s idea of alchohal either, but I explained that already.
Final Thoughts: Good movie; much better then the first. Recommended with caution as there are a couple intense parts. But very enjoyable for someone who like John Wayne, like our family does.

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5 thoughts on “Rooster Cogburn and the Lady: a Film Review

  1. Oh, yes! I loved this movie way better than True Grit. I love Rooster and Eula and Wolf!
    A lot of good biblical truths and even Bible verses made it even more enjoyable!!

    1. Yes, that’s true too. And actually, many of them WERE NOT taken out of context. I loved the part when Rooster frowned at her and said the verse, “LET YOUR WOMEN REMAIN SILENT IN CHURCH!” “Now how dist you come to know that passage?” “Well, Judge Parker’s par-shall to it.” ROFL

      ~Jamie Joyce

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