True Grit

After her father is murdered by drifter Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld), hires Reuben “Rooster” Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), an alcoholic U.S. Marshal, to help her exact vengeance. The disreputable Rooster still has grit though, and mounts an epic search. The pair is joined on their quest by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon), who is also hunting for Chaney, in this updated Western from Joel and Ethan Coen.

Rating: 7 out of 10

The Cohen brothers are wonderfully sharp directors. They choose engaging stories with unique characters that make us feel a host of emotions.

This was a step outside the box for them. Essentially this is a cover song. They’ve redone the classic film of the same name that star John Wayne in an Academy Award-winning performance. Bridges plays the role wonderfully, and in a way only he can. He’s the star of the show, and returns to work with the Cohen brothers for the first time since his outstanding work on “The Big Lebowski.” He makes the film. Damon is also excellent in his role as a cocky, corny Texas ranger.

The story offers humor, action, and interesting plays against characters. It was entertaining, fun, but was not on the same level as other work by the Cohens. It’s certainly an entertaining and fun film, and I highly recommend it.


4 responses to “True Grit

  1. I agree with your rating. This is a better True Grit than the John Wayne version. I liked it, but, didn’t love it. Perhaps if I had not been familiar with the original film I would give a higher rating than C+/B-. This and The Fighter made my top ten for 2010, mainly due to the fact that if felt wrong not to acknowledge them. For a Hollywood affair, and for today’s cinema climate being driven towards a different demographic, I can’t complain.

  2. mcarteratthemovies

    It makes me happy to see so many movie bloggers agreeing that the Coen brothers’ remake might become the definitive version. I saw the original many moons ago, and I remember liking John Wayne but not loving him the way I do Jeff Bridges. Overall, I think Bridges is a stronger actor with more range and style; plus, he plays Cogburn the way I always thought he should be played — dirty, unkempt, mumbly and drunk.

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