Thursday, December 23, 2010

True Grit - Review

Grit till the End

Originally a novel written by Charles Portis, and adapted into a film in 1969, "True Grit" gets the Coen Brothers treatment in this newest incarnation starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Hailee Steinfeld. The film has a classic Coen Brothers color scheme and atmosphere to it, and is definitely grittier than the original. One scene in particular with a severing of four fingers and a nasty gunshot wound to the face can attribute to that.

Bridges gives a fun but mumbly performance as Rooster Cogburn, and steals the show whenever he's on screen. Though it is hard to understand him at times, I can remember thinking the same thing of old drunk people I've met on the street.

Damon plays his part with extraordinarily well, and gives off the true pride of a Texas Ranger. Even playing off a difficult injury convincingly halfway through the film, and carrying that believability to the end.

Steinfeld is very plucky, well spoken, and balances out the acting of Bridges and Damon, making them a strong team on the hunt for a man escaping the law. She delivers her lines sharply and with conviction, and don't be surprised if Steinfeld starts popping up in films more often.

Overall the film is very good, though not the best that the Coen Brothers have ever put out. There are some points where the movie drags on a little bit, or where the balance of philosophies tend to turn toward the outlaws more than the actual law, but it's a great deal of fun to watch and great for anyone looking for a strong revenge story.

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