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22 January 2012

True Grit (2010)

Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Screenplay by: Joel & Ethan Coen
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure
USA, Colour, 111 Minutes


At last, I have brought this film to my eyes and boy, was it exciting! With great action, classic Western conventions and fine performances from both Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld who truly engage you into the films world. The Coen brothers, whom I have yet to catch up with definitely express talent (and some love for the Western genre) and their direction and writing was terrific; True Grit is one of 2010’s best films that has great action, humour and characterisation. 


The plot goes like this: A 14 year-old girl by the name of Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld), who joins an aging U.S. marshal (Jeff Bridges) and another lawman (Matt Damon) in tracking her father's killer into hostile Indian territory. ALongside this plot, we have the adult Mattie narrating the film as she explains how her father was murdered. 


Although the film is obviously not original, it still has a magic spark of modern cinema. Through the Westernised cinematography and conventions all over, it is still glorifying to see. I have not yet seen the remake, but now I want to. 


Jeff Bridges as the strong accented, eye-patched with ‘true grit’ was a performance not to forget. The mannerisms, the voice and the walk, everything sums up to this character who says Western all over. We cannot forget about Hailee Steinfeld who definitely is up to par with acting. Her character is a head-strong 14 year-old girl who is courageous, independent and wishes to achieve justice to her father by hunting down his killer. Steinfeld competed against 15, 000 other people who applied for this role and landed the role, and you can see why.


Some people complain that the film is not as great as its acclaim, and even the creators think they did not deserve all those awards. Although it does not have pure originality (being a remake of a film based on a novel), it is still a great film with some unforgettable moments. One that comes to mind is the scene involving Jack and blah cutting down the man from the tree, and Jack mutters, “I do not know this man”. The Coen brothers gave the film a reasonable good touch of direction with each scene feeling like a western. 


Overall, it has a perfect blend of humour, action and drama. The script has been well assembled, and with the use of conventions, and a few original pieces thrown in, you get quite an adventurous film. 


I am new to Joel and Ethan Coen’s work, but I can see they have some talent in them. The direction of the film is elegantly laid out as we follow the journey of an old sweaty man, and a young girl who seeks revenge. The story is enough to intrigue you, as it is an adventure of courage and hope. 


My Rating: 8/10


Extra Information
Produced by: Steven Spielberg, Joel & Ethan Coen, Scott Rudin
Music by: Carter Burwell
Budget: $38 Million
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Language: English
More Info Here

4 comments:

  1. Great review! I love the movie, I was surprised how funny it turned out to be. One of the best films of the last year.

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  2. I have to disagree with this movie on almost all counts... I thought the acting was weak (ESPECIALLY Steinfeld), the whole thing felt like a crappy version of an already overrated western. Good review, but I disagree almost completely.

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  3. I liked this movie, but the ending with the different actress just completely divorced me emotionally from the film. I wish they could have done something different there.

    What I really focused on in that review was you being new to the Coens. I couldn't resist pushing my two cents on you. For drama definitely go with their early films - Blood Simple and Miller's Crossing. For comedy definitely go with Raising Arizona and O Brother Where Art Thou. For the middle ground go with Fargo and The Man Who Wasn't There. The Big Lebowski is a cult hit, although I am not that enamored of it, mostly because of John Goodman's character. No Country for Old Men won Best Picture, but I've even less enamored of that. Barton Fink is really slow for the first 70 minutes, then all hell breaks loose. (You also find out where Se7en ripped off a big part of its ending from.) I liked The Hudsucker Proxy, but critics didn't. Intolerable Cruelty, The Ladykillers, and Burn after Reading were a little disappointing. I haven't seen A Serious Man yet.

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  4. filmmaster_pollock27 January 2012 at 07:17

    Thanks for your comment. I will be sure to check some of these out very soon.

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