Western, Adaptation and Remake. Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 50 minutes.
by Lorey Sebastian/Paramount Pictures
Bridges in Paramount Pictures' True Grit - 2010
Jeff Bridges reteams
with the Coen Brothers to revive a character made famous by John
Wayne in the second adaptation of the Charles Portis novel. Bridges
plays Rooster Cogburn, a U.S. Marshal trying to track down a ruthless
criminal through the old West.
Mattie Ross, played wonderfully by newcomer Hailee Steinfeld,
wants revenge on Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), the man who murdered
her father in Arkansas. Mattie wants someone mean, someone who
displays “true grit,” to help her in her quest. She
crosses paths with Cogburn and LaBeouf (Matt Damon), a Texas Ranger.
LaBeouf has been chasing Chaney because of another murder committed
Cogburn and LaBeouf
initially refuse to let Mattie tag along on their hunt, but she
proves too persistent and stubborn. The three eventually learn
that Chaney is riding with Ned Pepper’s (Barry Pepper) gang,
and the two groups cross paths where the classic shootout the
audience has been waiting for takes place.
This movie is not without
star power. Bridges and Damon are both Oscar winners, and Brolin
was nominated just a couple of years ago for his performance in
Milk. The directors, Joel and Ethan Coen seem to have
a different film nominated at the Academy Awards every year, winning
the big prize of Best Picture for No Country for Old Men
three years ago. But this movie belongs to Steinfeld. She reportedly
beat out 15,000 other young girls for the part. The casting department
certainly succeeded here. In an early scene, she successfully
negotiates (or should I say bullies) a merchant into paying a
hefty sum for a pair of her father’s horses for which she
has no use so that she will have money to pay Cogburn.
Speaking of Rooster,
last year’s Best Actor winner steals his share of scenes.
Bridges very well could find himself nominated in that same category
next month. Many of Bridges best moments involve humor, such as
one-liners, or a scene where he and LaBeouf compete to see who
has the best shot. Fans of Josh Brolin may be disappointed with
True Grit though, as he is not seen until close to the
end of the film.
This might not be my favorite Coen Brothers’ film, but I
prefer it to No Country for Old Men, and fans of the western genre
(including the 1969 version of True Grit) will find it
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Grit movie poster