True Grit, like shrimp and grits, is simply a classic. More specifically, it’s a cowboy classic. The character of Rooster Cogburn and his adventure with Mattie Ross lend themselves to phrases and jokes reminiscent of my childhood and my Oklahoma roots.
I tend to associate John Wayne movies with my grandparents. My grandparents used the term “Baby Sister” regularly and it could refer to any of the granddaughters in the vicinity. It was always a safe bet that if we didn’t strictly sit down to watch one of his films, there would probably be one playing in the background. It’s fun to watch them now as an adult and fully comprehend the jokes.
Know what is also fun to watch? The community of people who enjoy Paramount features such as these.
I’m sure that the majority of adults in the theater had seen this movie several times, but they still laughed at all the jokes on cue. They even gasped in terror during the snake pit scene.
A movie going experience like this one is so much more lively and quite a bit more fun than your average blockbuster. It’s immersive, it’s communal. I found myself laughing and gasping where I normally would not. I got wrapped up in the emotions of this film that I’ve seen so many times and it was like everything was new! This is how movies should be watched.
Before we headed out to the Paramount for True Grit, the hubs and I tried Taylor County Taphouse for the first time ever. I know, I know… We are a little late.
I tried the shrimp and grits (the classic) and Michael tried the smoked chicken. The drink selection was definitely my favorite part. Revolver Blood & Honey forever. This is as far as I know the only place in Abilene that serves my favorite. So, a big thanks to Taphouse.
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