I didn’t like the ending. It attached a codicil which was entirely unneeded. The adventure was complete in itself. We didn’t need to find out what happened to the characters many years later.
One would have expected it to be a good film with the talent involved, but I would also have expected it to barely make back its $38 million cost. Instead, it is now at $118 million in the United States and looks to be on its way to just North of the $150 million border. After, “Dancing with Wolves” ($184 million U.S.) it is the biggest grossing Western of all time.
I would like to say it is because the tastes of the 12-18 year old main movie-going audience has suddenly matured or that people 30-70 have returned to the movies, but that does not appear to be the case.
We can put down its success to the fact that the seven other major films released in December got bad reviews by critics. Compare their ratings on “Rotten Tomatoes” to “True Grit” (95% positive). “Little Fockers,”(10%) “Tron Legacy,” (49%) “Country Strong,” (19%) “The Tourist,” (20%) “Yogi Bear,” (15%) “Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Trader,” (49%) and “Gulliver’s Travels” (21%) were all kicked to the curb.
It proves that besides “True Grit,” you need a little luck to succeed in movies.