True Grit Movie Reviews
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Excellent. Go see it. I would see it again just to listen to the dialogue. Jeff Bridges is in his best form and his work is pleading for an Oscar nomination. The young Hailee Steinfeld's acting is so exceptional she may even get a nod come Oscar time.
This movie is in a class of it's own compared to the dross that Hollywood consistently pumps out these days.
Charles Portis' True Grit was originally made into a film in 1969. It focused on John Wayne as US Marshall Rooster Cogburn, and earned Wayne his only Best Actor award. Beyond that, it was a great premise in search of a film. That film has finally been made by the incredibly capable hands of the Coen Brothers. The Coens bring back the novels, well, grit, to make a great Western that has wonderful performances and the filmmaking brothers' signature style.
The Coens take a much darker approach to Portis' novel about a young girl seeking revenge for her father's murder, leaving out a lot of the humor that the original film had. While some might dislike the seriousness, I appreciated it, as I like my Westerns real. And the Coens keep it real. Wayne may have been an old man by the time he played Cogburn, but he was still an icon. He was still John Wayne. Bridges inhabits the character. Those expecting The Dude with a badge will be disappointed.
The real find here is Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross. In the original film, the actress playing Matty was in her early 20s, and played her as an annoying young girl. Steinfeld is closer to Mattie's age, but plays her with toughness, intellect, and maturity beyond her years. It's a great, nomination worthy performance.
The Coens continue their amazingly high level of output with True Grit. As usually, their dialogue is as sharp as a straight razor, their casting is impeccable, and Roger Deakins, again behind the camera, gives the film a stark beauty. All remakes should be this good, and more proof that with the Coen Bros., they're almost always right on target.
I have never seen any of Coen Brothers movies before I saw “True Grit”. My husband loves Westerns, therefore he dragged me with him to see this movie and I was impressed. I am not a fan of violent movies and this one had a fair amount of violence in it, however the acting and the story was so unique that I did not mind it. The young lady who plays Mattie is breathtaking. It is wonderful to watch such a talented actress and it is especially surprising because she is so young! I was so involved with the movie and truly felt like I was transffered into 1870’s Indian country. My husband could not stop talking about this movie for the whole night and I as well was pleasantly surprised by it. I will definitely rent other movies by Coen Brothers. I was prepared to hate this movie, because I don’t like Westerns and it seemed very violent from the previews, however this movie was very well directed, had amazing actors and a the story was gripping. I recomend it highly.
As a hard core fan of Coen Brothers movies, I was not disappointed by their newest creation “True Grit”. This movie is based on Charles Portis novel tells a story of a young girl seeking revenge for her father’s death. Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) hires Rooster (Bridges) and LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) to track down her father’s killer and bring him to justice. As a newcomer Hailee Steinfeld does a wonderful job with her role and I believe she has a very bright future in Hollywood. Matt Damon was a bit dull in this movie, but still a great actor. Bridges is my all time favorite actor, therefore I am biased and of course I thought he was absolutely brilliant. I enjoyed watching the movie greatly because it was beautiful visually and the storyline was excellent. As in any Coen Brothers movie, there was plenty of violence and bloodshed, but it was balanced with masterful dialogue and well developed characters. If you like good old-fashioned Westerns, you will love “True Grit”.