True Grit Movie Review

True Grit Movie Review


This new movie version of “True Grit” by Joel and Ethan Coen is destined to be a new classic. Adapted from Charles Portis’ novel, “True Grit,” it’s the story of a young girl named Mattie Ross, played by Hailee Steinfeld, who talks Rooster Cogburn, played by Jeff Bridges and Texas Ranger Le Beouf, played by Matt Damon, into finding her father’s murderer. The murderer is played by Josh Brolin. This upcoming movie showcases the Coen’s talent magnificently in its odd dialogue and dark, yet comic, tone. The new movie release is expected to do well in the box office. Some people have wondered why the Coens decided to remake the 1969 movie that starred John Wayne, especially since there have been so few westerns in recent years. When audiences see the new movie they’ll understand the Coens desire to do the remake.

The dialogue is the centerpiece of the movie. It’s all about Mattie’s fierce desire to bring her father’s murderer to justice. There’s plenty of action, especially towards the end of the movie, but this movie picture is centered on the dialogue. Hailee Steinfeld steals a lot of scenes in this film. Mattie is proud, independent and is determined to get the killer. Mattie and Cogburn are a pair to be reckoned with as they set out for revenge. They meet a lot of rather unpleasant characters on the trail and pick up another partner, the reluctant Le Beouf. The audience may know what the end will bring but they’re going to enjoy the journey. The Coens stuck to the book and the dialogue sounds natural when paired with their fabulous writing. Coen fans will be pleased.

Many actors would be afraid to tackle this role that Wayne played so brilliantly but Bridges jumps right in. Known for his role in the Coen’s “The Big Lebowski,” he seems comfortable in this role. This is a great performance – just as good as Wayne’s was – but in an entirely different manner. Damon is also excellent. Glen Campbell was terrible in the original and Damon is a breath of fresh air. Brolin, in his limited role, does well as the killer. The baddest of the bad guys is Barry Pepper. Steinfeld stands out as a rare new discovery. She not only holds her own but stands out against much older actors who have been performing for years. The relationship between Mattie and Cogburn is touching.

Technically, this is an almost flawless film, especially Carter Burwell’s score and Roger Deakins’ cinematography.

True Grit” is one of the year’s top ten movies and a triumph for the Coen brothers.


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