True Grit

2010

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon

Excellent movie! Kudos to the Coen brothers for another excellent job!

Jeff Bridges was truly the best actor to play Rooster Cogburn. He was so good it was almost annoying, especially his drunkenness.

It took me a few minutes, and looking at the movie jacket, to confirm that it was actually Matt Damon playing LaBoeuf. I didn’t recognize his voice or face, I just barely recognized his eyes. They really did a good job taking the ‘Matt Damon’ look off and putting the ‘Western’ look on.

Hailee Steinfeld has come barreling out of pretty much nowhere and has taken the silver screen by storm. In True Grit she plays Mattie Ross, a young girl determined to find her fathers killer. She’s out to kick a little ass and she ain’t taking ‘No’ for an answer.

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  1. The Coen Brothers have always had the unique style of creating films based on established film genres (the western, film noir, crime thrillers) and implementing a post-modern, idiosyncratic flavor to them. True Grit is not just an excellent western, but it is also a journal of existentialism amongst the main characters. Remixing spiritualism within the Western genre is nothing new. Jordowosky directed the controversial peyote-and-marijuana-laced El Topo (1970). Jasmusch’s Dead Man (1995), starring Johnny Depp, combined revered Native American lore of the afterlife with classic Greek mythology. In True Grit, the heroine, Mattie Ross, undertakes a personal odyssey of revenge and redemption. She is only the delicate age of 14, still a child but her fierceness enables her to survive without her murdered father. Maddie also uses her blossoming sexual innocence as a subliminal weapon to beguile and confuse her adversaries. Jeff Bridges, as US Marshal Rooster, give a spot-on performance. Although he is Maddie’s guardian, Rooster is also battling personal demons of his own. Matt Damon and Josh Brolin are almost unrecognizable in their amazing supporting roles. This version of True Grit departs from its 1969 original by making the journey the starring role, not the lead characters. We are carried to dark, violent places yet redeemed by hopeful moments of Coen-brand humor and cheekiness. By the end of the movie, Maddie herself undergoes her own karmic denouement, leaving a sad bittersweet taste by the time the credits roll. It’s time to revise my Top 10 Western list. 4/4 stars.

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    • So, I’m guessing you really enjoyed the movie?
      This is an excellent comment (essay) and I would have to agree with everything. And add, the Coen Brothers really have something going. I haven’t seen really anything from them that wasn’t fantastic. I’m also really glad they didn’t cheapen the hell out of True Grit like a lot of director do when the redo movies.
      Thanks for poppin’ in and letting me know how you felt about True Grit! Always appreciated!

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