Review: True Grit

THE SETUP: Smartass (in a good way) and independent teen (Hailee Steinfeld) hires “Rooster” Cogburn, a drunk, trigger-happy U.S. Marshall (Jeff Bridges), and a deceptively useless Texas Ranger (Matt Damon) to hunt down the cowardly thief who killed her Pa (Josh Brolin).

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THE THOUGHTS: I know producers/directors Cohen Brothers stress this movie is based on the book and not the 1969 John Wayne movie of the same name but there are a lot of scenes pretty familiar. Not a terrible thing. The 1969 flick is a classic for a reason. So does this western bring anything new to the table? Hell yes. Funnier than you expect, great Cohen Bros. writing and an engaging story of about understanding your worth and doing what’s right.  And add to that, the acting. Bridges is at the top of his game these days (ignore TRON) while Damon and Brolin rarely disappoint (IGNORE Jonah Hex).  The new girl, Steinfeld does a damn good job as well…being stubborn and fiery without being annoying. If you like westerns, you’ll love this.

TRUE GRIT Rating:
3 stars – good movie, take a friend. Cohen brothers continue their kickass streak with a modern classic Western. I would have given it a higher score if I didn’t feel like I’d seen this movie before.

Random Recommendations
True Grit (1969) – The only movie John “The Duke” Wayne ever won an Oscar for. Make since as his character is the first time Wayne ever really played a flawed character. Beautiful scenery and it’s great to watch The Duke chew through every scene while hunting a very young Robert Duvall.

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O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000) – So the Cohen brothers take Homer’s poem “The Odyssey” and set it in the deep, deep 1930’s South…and make it work. Great music, George Clooney masterfully pulling off dumbass/charming, and fun, this is worth checking out. Don’t miss John Goodman as the Cyclops.

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 Review: True Grit
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