True Grit (2010)(2010)
Coen brothers' western, based on the 1968 novel by Charles Portis. True Grit sees the Coen's reunite with Big Lebowski star Jeff Bridges.... More
Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfield) sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest US marshal she can find, Reuben J. 'Rooster' Cogburn (Bridges). Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, a drinking, slothful, and generally reprobate character. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon), who wants Chaney for his own purposes.
A previous adaptation of True Grit was made in 1969, starring John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper.Hide
BY Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer
The Coen brothers impress again with this authentic western, played straighter than their recent, more esoteric efforts but lacking none of their trademarked wit and eccentric charm. True Grit plays like a memory of the old frontier, an elegiac nod to days gone by when a man’s honour was one of his few possessions.... More
Laced with the Coen’s tragi-comic sense of humour, True Grit is deliberately paced; the wintery Arkansas landscape providing a cold, stony backdrop for a trip into ‘Indian country’. Taking much of the anachronistic dialogue straight from Charles Portis’ 1968 novel, the Coens find huge pleasure in flowery banter, particularly savouring the bickering between Bridges’ blustering Cogburn and Damon’s insecure LaBeouf.
The strength of the film lies in the simplicity of the tale, and the wonderful pairing of Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld as the unforgettable Mattie Ross. Its cumulative power emerges through the proving of the titular grit, revealed late in the piece during an almost impressionistic montage. The spiritual centre of the film is anchored by composer Carter Burwell (a long-time Coen collaborator), whose evocative score contains quotes from traditional hymns.
The film’s conclusion looks back on events as a fading dream and you’ll leave the cinema feeling much the same way. Even if the movie doesn’t immediately blow you away like a shotgun blast, it’ll creep up on you like rattlesnake venom. The combination of beautiful cinematography, simple storytelling and dark humour, all wrapped up in a traditional Western genre, makes True Grit a special treat for the late summer.Hide
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Pretty landscapes and a standout performance from young Hailee Steinfeld, but lacks the flare and depth of the Coen's better movies. An excellent Jeff Bridges and a couple of the Coens' black comic touches raise it above the ordinary ... just. Jeff Bridges' beard deserves an acting credit.
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Great script. Great actors - in particular Jeff Bridges. Yes it is quite different from the westerns you may have grown up with, but then what would you expect from the Coen brothers? If you are a big fan of the original with John Wayne this may not appeal, but this version is actually closer to the book and I for one thoroughly enjoyed it.
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