Sunday, December 26, 2010

True Grit (2010)

Starring Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin

Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

Release Date: December 22nd, 2010

 Everything has a price, as Mattie Ross (Steinfeld) soon learns in the latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen. Adapted from the 1968 novel by Charles Portis, the Coen brothers craft an interesting mixture of hard-nosed western adventure with their trademark witty dialogue and quick-witted humor.

Mattie Ross has two concerns on her mind: the first is to hire U.S. Marshall Ruben "Rooster" Cogburn to track down criminal Tom Cheyney (Brolin), and the second is to see that Cheyney pays for the crime of murdering her father in cold blood. Unfortunately, Cogburn (Bridges) is unwilling to be bossed around by a 14 year-old girl and is also dealing with an upstart Texas Ranger (Damon) also on the hunt for Cheyney who killed a U.S. Senator. The road will be long and hard; will Mattie be able to make the two lawmen respect her dedication to honour her father and bring his killer to justice?

The Coens do a fantastic job of adapting Portis' novel to the big screen, this time more faithfully than the '69 film starring John Wayne as "Rooster" Cogburn. Also, D.O.P. Roger Deakins does a beautiful job making the lush outdoors of Texas and New Mexico seem harsh and grim for Mattie's expedition to find her father's killer. Visually, the film is shot with muted colors which makes the situation that the characters are in seem more grounded in reality to better accumulate audience memebers to the film's settings. As for the actors, all top billing actors do an outstanding performance, particularly Bridges as the curmudgeonly Cogburn adn Steinfeld as the no-nonsense Mattie. Also of note, Josh Brolin gives a very subdued, minimal performance as Cheyney.
Rating: * * * * 1/2 of 5

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