True Grit Movie Review

January 24, 2011

True Grit Movie Review

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Western; I just have no interest in saloons, spurs or shoot ’em ups. They all seem to follow the same storyline: one cowboy seeks revenge on another and his posse battle it out with the enemy. There are horses, spitting in the dust, and lots of undistinguishable language.

Well, that’s not too far off with True Grit – except the language is beautiful. In fact you’ll notice that there aren’t any conjugated words like ‘haven’t’ or ‘wasn’t’ as in those times they spoke the language of the bible. And the one seeking revenge is a 14 year-old girl who’s father has been killed and she’s determined to find who did it. Preferably with her own hands.

This is a remake of the 1969 John Wayne original but it’s definitely not a boys-only film. Hailee Steinfeld is mesmerising. How a 14 year-old girl holds her own against a slew of fine vintage actors proves this is one rising star to watch out for. Matt Damon bulked up for his role as a Texas ranger, accent pitch perfect, proving how versatile he is.

The class act is Jeff Bridges. He’s a Coen Brothers favourite: from The Dude in The Big Lebowski to True Grit’s Rooster Cogburn, it’s as if he was born to play these roles. I’m hoping he wins an Oscar because he deserves it.

True Grit is epic: it’s spectacularly beautiful, especially at the end. This is a Coen Brothers classic with typical wit and insight. And like Fargo or No Country For Old Men it grips you until the credits roll.

Have you seen True Grit? What did you think?

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