Posted by: steveonfilm | December 23, 2010

True Grit

I saw True Grit last night and it was GLORIOUS!

Ethan Coen and Joel Coen have once again hit it out of the park. If you liked “No Country For Old Men,” you’re going to LOVE this flick.

Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross was FANTASTIC! The Mattie roll was tough enough that I could even see a full on adult struggle with it. I’m amazed that she was able to pull off the believable performance that she did. I mean, just phenomenal stuff. You truly got a sense of just how tough and determined that 14 year old girl really was.

Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon both put on great performances as well. Going in I expected Bridges to be the one that stood out, but I think both he and Damon took second fiddle to Steinfeld. However, Bridge’s portrayal of Rooster Cogburn was every bit as awesome as the trailers led you to believe. Damon isn’t given as much screen time or meat to chew on as his co-stars, but when he’s there he brought a nice sense of professionalism and a slight hint of cockiness to LaBoeuf (which he pronounces La Beef).

This is a Western for people who like Westerns. Take the drama and pacing of “No Country For Old Men” and mix it up with the grit of Deadwood, and you’ve got True Grit. From the small town the characters start in to the open range and forests where they spend most of their time, this movie takes full responsibility for what it is, and doesn’t try to be anything it isn’t. THIS is how a modern Western is done.

It’s worth watching this movie for so many reasons… if you’re a Coen Brother’s fan… it you’re a Bridges fan… if you’re a Damon fan… to simply see Steinfeld pull off a roll she had no business being able to pull off… but for me, I think it’s worth seeing this movie if only to show the studios that the Western is not dead, they just haven’t been producing any good ones recently.

Until next time, keep writing!
-Steve

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