A tenacious teenage girl is looking to settle the score with the gunman who killed her father. She enlists the help of a U.S. marshal- also a belligerent drunk- to aid in her vengeful quest across the desert to
dispense some Old West justice.
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True grit, something this film desperately lacked. Aside from a few violent yet nevertheless ordinary scenes, I kept wondering when the Coen brothers made the full transition over to Disney Channel style made-for-tv movies. Give me Jeff Bridges as John L. Bridges in Heaven's Gate and keep this hokey shit.
True Grit is everything you'd expect from the Coen Brothers doing a western: a well-packaged story oozing with their trademarked goofiness. It certainly beat the hell out of the original with fantastic direction, acting, dialogue, cinematography and everyhing else that makes for a great Coen Brothers movie. Still great despite my own heightened expectations handicapping my experience watching this movie.
Remains the best film that I saw in 2010. It's my favorite Coens film since The Big Lebowski and love nearly everything about it. The outstanding performances from Bridges, Steinfeld, and Damon keep things from ever lagging. And of course, the incomparable Roger Deakins shows why he is still the best in the business and why he should always work with the Coens whenever the brothers embark on a new project.
The Coens' most straightforward yet one of their most nuanced. Mattie Ross exists as a personification of the audience of a revenge film, literally cheering violence to no end. At last, the Coens' tendency for deflated endings serves them perfectly, and this may be their most cohesive and immediately rewarding anticlimax ever. Manages to comment on the Western while staying true to it. A brilliant work.
This is a solid remake of the John Wayne classic that I personally like better. John Wayne was never great at playing sleazy and Jeff Bridges does it oh so well. Plus the Coens bring a grittiness to this story that the original was seriously lacking.