Monday, January 3, 2011

True Grit

True Grit is a Western film. It has shootouts. It has chases. It has vivid characters. It truly invokes the archetypal wild wild west.

It's a remake of the classic film True Grit (1969), which in turn was based on the book of the same name (1968). It was written and directed by the Coen brothers (The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country For Old Men).... So that might give you an idea of what to expect. Of those films, the tone and intensity is closest to No Country For Old Men. If you liked that, it's safe to say you'll probably like this.

In 1877, a young girl named Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) is after the murderer of her father, who stole his horses and gold. She enlists the help of two law enforcers to see this killer brought to justice, yet is also determined to be a part of it herself. Her unlikely companions are none other than the US Marshal "Rooster" Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) and Texas Ranger La Boeuf (Matt Damon). This takes them on a daring adventure through the wilderness.

True Grit was action packed and spirited. I enjoyed the Wild West atmosphere. The music was also really well done. The characters are indeed gritty. The film is in theaters now.

Official website: True Grit

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