True Grit (PG-13)

  JasonReview by Jason

Title:  True Grit

Starring:  Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, Hailee Steinfeld

Collection:  Movies

This remake by the Coen Brothers of the John Wayne film, True Grit, tells the story of the strong-willed 14 year old girl, Mattie Ross, and her quest to avenge the death of her father. She approaches the grizzled and drunken U.S. Marshall, Reuben Cogborn, played by Jeff Bridges, to enlist his help in finding the man that killed her father. His reputation as a man with “true grit” leads her to him and he agrees to find the man, Tom Chaney, played by Josh Brolin. What Cogborn doesn’t expect is for Ross to insist that she comes with him on the hunt. While Cogburn is a fearless man with “true grit,” it is the hard-nosed Ross that truly is character of the movie with “true grit.” Hailee Steinfeld does an astounding job at playing Mattie Ross and she quickly became one of my favorite film characters of the year. As expected from the Coen Brothers, there is some really good dark humor in the script and in the action scenes. True Grit is one of the better movies of the year and one that I would recommend for fans of Westerns and Drama. If you are a fan of the Coen Brothers films such as Fargo and No Country for Old Men, then this is pretty much a must see!

 

  Review by:  Lisa

Mattie Ross is determined to avenge her father’s blood by capturing Tom Chaney, the man who shot and killed him for two pieces of gold. Just fourteen, she enlists the help of Rooster Cogburn, a one-eyed, trigger-happy U.S. Marshall with an affinity for drinking, and hardened Texas Ranger LaBoeuf to track the fleeing Chaney. Despite their differences, their ruthless determination leads them on a perilous adventure that can only have one outcome: retribution.

Although I enjoy a good western, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like True Grit.  I had seen the original version with John Wayne years ago with my Dad on TV.  It wasn’t that I was worried about making comparisons to the original performances:  Jeff Bridges vs. John Wayne.  I just wasn’t sure that this was a movie that needed to be remade.  I admit that the fact that it has Matt Damon in the movie was probably what convinced me to give it a whirl, since I think he is one of the finest actors of our generation.  In the end, I think that this movie stands on its own:  Hailee Steinfeld who plays young Mattie Ross is phenomenal, delivering a performance that is remarkable and believable.  It is good entertainment, but be aware that there are some scenes that are not for the faint of heart.

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