True Grit (2010)

True Grit (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

Flicks Review

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

The Peoples' Reviews

The Coen Brothers rock. TRUE GRIT is a wonderful homage to the Wild West, and Jeff Bridges is superb. Working again with cinematographer, Roger Deakins, the landscapes are pure Western genre heaven. Why only 4 stars? Well, because in the modern Western genre you're up against Clint Eastwood's UNFORGIVEN and THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES and Sergio Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST and THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY - that said, the Coen's are easily in that class. Way at the top of the class.... More And, special bonus, Matt Damon is not annoying! Amazing (for anything not Jason Bourne)! Seriously - see it, if only for Hailee Steinfield as young teen Mattie Ross - she's outstanding!Hide

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.

BY bigspendakev superstar

Never been a fan of the old westerns but rented this on the reviews of others. The story based around a young girl seeking revenge for her fathers death hires a drunk Mr Cogburn andthe incredibly bumbling LaBeouf the young girl who plays the part Im sure will have a very long acting career A briilaint young actress the only gripe i had was about the ending i just wish they had tyed up some of those loose ends when you watch it youll see what i mean if you like this I would also recommend 3.10... More to yuma another very good westernHide

BY clararar superstar

Given the rave reviews I had relatively high expectations going in, and wasn't disappointed. Very well cast and written, with a perfect balance of humour, action and dark scenes to make you laugh, jump in your seat and even cry a little at the end. It was a real struggle to make out some of Jeff Bridges' dialogue at times, but the character of Mattie Ross was brilliantly well-faceted. As for the ending, I thought it was entirely appropriate - anything different would have been a cop-out! Highly... More recommended.Hide

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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The Press Reviews

96% of critics recommend.
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  • This is a film by the Coen Brothers, and this is the first straight genre exercise in their career. It's a loving one. Their craftsmanship is a wonder. Their casting is always inspired and exact. The cinematography by Roger Deakins reminds us of the glory that was, and can still be, the Western. Full Review

  • Everybody is at great pains to point out, quite rightly, that this True Grit is not a remake of the 1969 John Wayne movie. Full Review

  • Terrific: tough, exciting, funny, gorgeous and bewitchingly acted, this is darn close to perfection. Full Review

  • It's robustly played and ravishing to look at, with its bullish inhabitants and glorious, bleached-bone cinematography. But its furniture is almost too comfortable and too lovingly restored... Full Review

  • Well-made and acted Coen Brothers remake lacks the humor and resonance that might have made it memorable. Full Review

  • In some ways, much like Charles Laughton's "Night of the Hunter," which the Coens quote both musically and visually, True Grit is a parable about good and evil. Only here, the lines between the two are so blurred as to be indistinguishable, making this a true picture of how the West was won, or - depending on your view - lost. Full Review

  • From a classic western novel, the Coens have fashioned a western in the classic mode. Not only does it have the drop on the 1969 version, it’s the first great movie of 2011. Full Review

  • Rather than a case of the Dude doing the Duke, Bridges' irascible old cuss is a genuine original who feels larger than the familiar saga that contains him. Full Review

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