True Grit (2010)
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon
Of all the movie genres in the new millennium, perhaps the least-used these days is the classic western. Nobody likes a good western nowadays because nobody makes a good western anymore. All that changed, however, with the Coen Brothers’ 2010 epic, “True Grit.” Based on 1969’s John Wayne film, “True Grit” is the story of 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Steinfeld), a gutsy young girl on a manhunt for Tom Chaney (Brolin), an outlaw that recently murdered her father. The headstrong little whippersnapper enlists wily Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Bridges) to bring Chaney to justice – dead or alive. Mount your trusty steed, pack your pistol, and join the unlikely duo – with a little help from Laboeuf (Damon), a faithful Texas Ranger – on a journey that will change their lives.
Why you’ll like it:
– Picture perfect: The folks at Paramount Pictures do an absolutely incredible job at recreating the Old West, from the spot-on costume design to the picturesque scenery. Easily one of the best-looking films in recent history.
– Buckaroo buddies: Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon work well together on screen as reluctant allies, bent on returning home with Tom Chaney in tow. Bridges is humorous as the bumbling bufoon and Damon provides a few laughs as the ever-annoyed counterpart.
– Oscar snub: Hailee Steinfeld impresses from the moment she steps on screen. The fourteen-year-old puts on the performance of a lifetime as the young whippersnapper, Mattie Ross, spouting off dialogue that some adults might find difficult to recite. It’s a shame she got snubbed for Best Supporting Actress this year. She was clearly deserving.
Why you won’t like it:
– City slickers: If you have a hard time tolerating westerns, there is a very likely chance that this movie will bore you to sleep. It’s slow moving and action scenes are few and far between.
– What’d they say?? – Good ol’ Rooster Cogburn is an older gentleman that loves his drink. He’s got the enunciation skills of a drunkard and it will take a while for viewers to truly catch on to his grammar.Additionally, Mattie Ross has the vocabulary of a Harvard professor and speaks a hundred miles per hour at all times. You might want to have the subtitles on and a dictionary handy for this movie.
“True Grit” is as dry as a Texas tumbleweed, but if you’ve got the patience for it, you’ll be rewarded in the end. The Coen Brothers put together a masterful movie with a great story woven into the brilliant cinematography. If you’re a cowboy at heart – or if you’re just in the mood for some master storytelling – this one is definitely worth a look. You may also be interested in: “True Grit” (1969), “Jeremiah Johnson” (1972), “Dances with Wolves” (1990).
DVD bonus features:
– Audio in English, French, Spanish
– Subtitles in English, French, Spanish
– No additional bonus features available on rental version.
Directed by: Ethan and Joel Coen (“No Country For Old Men,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”)
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Running time: 110 minutes
MPAA rating: PG-13 for “some intense sequences of intence violence including disturbing images”, such as a hanging, gunplay, a brief shot of dismemberment, and brief violence toward an animal.
Costars Josh Brolin.
DVD release date: June 7, 2011
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