True Grit (2010)

Punishment comes one way or another.

The Coen Brothers are the bally-est directors that I have seen. Remaking the 1969 movie that won John Wayne the Best Actor Oscar is risky. Remind you that I haven’t seen the original one. That would be a good thing that I did not come into the #191 Movie of All-Time, True Grit with any perceived notions.

 The starts with 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Haliee Steinfeld) traveling from Arkansas to claim the body of her father who was killed by Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) after a drunken bar brawl. She tries to the local authorities to help find Chaney, but they have their thumbs up their butts, because Chaney escaped in Indian Territory.

Mattie hears the tale of the ruthless bounty hunter by the name of Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) who usually kills his bounty rather than bring them alive. She wants somebody to capture Chaney and bring him to justice. Mattie is surprised when she finds a lazy, filthy drunk. He tries to rebuke her hiring him to find Chaney.

A Texas sheriff named LaBeouf (Matt Damon) is also traveling to find Chaney, because he killed a Texas senator. LaBeouf and Rooster join forces to go into the Indian Territory to find Chaney with or without the headstrong Mattie tagging along.

 The movie overall was an enjoyable ride. It’s not the best movie that I have seen this year. Jeff Bridges as Rooster is hilarious. Hailee is fantastic in the film. It was surprised to see Barry Pepper in the movie.

The biggest disappoint that I had with the movie was Josh Brolin as Tom Chaney. He was great with his earlier collaboration with the Coens, No Country for Old Men. Here, he is supposed to play a simpleton and it feels like he was phoning it in.

Judgment: There was nothing else with the flick that raised it as a western. The acting and action saved it.

Rating: ****


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Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on January 3, 2011, in 2010, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Running Feature, Top 250 of All Time on IMDB, Western and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. “True Grit” succeeds because of the interplay among its three main characters. It can stand on its own and need not worry about being lost in the shadow of the original.

  2. I don´t know what it is with these goddamn remakes. Why? I mean, granted, who am I to say something about the Coens, but why do you do a remake? They have so much potential in themselves. But, won´t go too far here, haven´t seen it yet and I bet Brolin and Bridges are worth a watch- what a comeback for Jeff Bridges anyway in the last years.
    Have a visit at the blog I´m writing for if you like-
    Enjoy your week!

  3. Not to be a smart alec…but if you are gonna review the movie….Matt Damon doesn’t play a “Texas Sheriff”…he plays a “TEXAS RANGER”…and is very Oscar worthy for all involved….this from a man who has seen it 4 times already.
    Vaya Con Dios,

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