True Grit - Review #JPMN





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Published on Mar 15, 2012

True Grit (2010) -- Wild adventure, but nothing epic, 7/10.

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~~ Review Script ~~
Veterans of cinema, Joel and Ethan Coen are at it again, this time venturing into the western genre with an untested newcomer, "Hailee Steinfeld" at the helm. Steinfeld plays Mattie Ross, a young girl in the old west who recently lost her father to a vicious murder. She hires the local alcoholic US Marshal, Rooster Cogburn, played by Jeff Bridges in a nominated role, to help her track down her father's killer. The film of course, is visually stunning... really capturing the majesty and sights of the famed "old west". Cogburn is an absolute character, providing for most of the films best moments - both dramatic, and comedic. Matt Damon has a smaller role as a Texas Ranger, and despite his lack of roundhouse kicks to outlaw's faces... does a great job with his character as well. At times, "True Grit" feels more like a slow-paced TV movie than an Oscar nominated Coen brother's film... but the writing, laced with plenty of dialog of the period, more than makes up for this. The plot itself however could have been a bit tighter, with most of the film just sort of wandering from scene to scene - the final goal is a definitive one, but how the characters get there doesn't seem all that unique. The final act is an exciting action sequence complete with horse jaunting with pistols, caves of snakes, vicious revenge, and last minute rescue attempts... everything that makes a good western great. In her first substantial role, Steinfeld more than holds her own in this picture, she undeniably lights up the screen with her charisma and determination - at only 14-years-old, her supporting actress nomination is certainly well-deserved. "True Grit", a "Wild adventure, but nothing epic."


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