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True Grit

True Grit: Award-Winning Western Remake

  • Hailee SteinfeldJeff Bridges...
  • Action & AdventureThriller...
  • Ethan CoenJoel Coen
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Omar Atef
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True Grit: Award-Winning Western Remake

Since
True Grit is a remake of the 1969 original
featuring the legendary John Wayne, it caught the attention of many fans of
Western classics. In addition to being nominated for ten Oscars, winning fourteen
awards, and also receiving 74 other nominations, True Grit is bound to be more than just interesting.

After
her father is murdered, 14-year-old Mattie Rose (Steinfeld) swears she will do
everything in her power to bring his killer Tom Cheney (Brolin) down. So she
marches into town looking for the meanest marshal, Reuben ‘Rooster’ Cogburn (Bridges)
and hires him to go after her father’s murderer. She joins him on the quest accompanied
by a Texas Ranger by the name of LaBoeuf (Damon).

Mattie
Rose tags along to make sure that she won’t be fooled after paying the money
for the quest. LaBoeuf is dragged along to the hunt of bringing the man to
justice, while offering further protection for Mattie Rose as Rooster is careless
and won’t be offering anyone additional and unpaid favours.

True Grit is
a solid Western film with great performances as well. The cast is a heavy one;
it carries loads of professional talents in the right picture. Bridges plays the
troubled and self-cantered drunken marshal well, although his accent was a
little overboard at times and needed subtitles. Newcomer Steinfeld’s
performance is surprisingly good; audiences will be blown away her confident
and solid delivery, where she holds her ground against heavyweights Bridges, Brolin and
Damon. Damon gives another credible and balanced performance as
LaBoeuf without any need to overact. Brolin was a perfect choice as the evil
and sinister Cheney, though he didn’t have as much screen time as the other
actors.

Directors
Ethan and Joel Coen are known for their unique style of films that usually
appeal to specific audiences. After their recent hits such as No Country for Old Men and Burn After Reading, they’ve brought True Grit to broader Hollywood
audiences without losing their canny and quirky storytelling style.

The film’s running time of 110 minutes could easily have
been shortened with the same successful outcome. Nonetheless, True Grit is one of the best films of
2010 and highly recommended; especially if Western films are your cup of tea.

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360 Tip

True Grit is the first Coen Brothers film to gross over US$100 million in the U.S. Box Office alone.

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