I hear your a man of true grit.
For me, The Coen Brothers work on a hit ‘n’ miss basis, around every other film they do is sheer brilliance, and the others, even though above average, don’t give me that same experience of enjoyment of seeing something ingenious, fresh and classic. True Grit is one of the latter ones, even though it has it’s moments.
A hardheaded 14-year old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) steps out on a mission to avenge his father’s death and track down his murderer, the notorious Texan Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin). She gets help from the ‘gritty’ Marshall ‘Rooster’ Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) and the inpatient LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) who has been tracking Chaney for months. They go into the Indian territory to track down this elusive criminal and run into unexpected hurdles and a dangerous group of runaways who make their mission seem impossible and their lives meaningless.
I can’t stress enough how brilliant Jeff Bridges is, and he’s continuing collaborations with the Coen Brothers have brought about some of the most memorable performances of all time. He’s an absolute charm to watch, and here breathes life into Cogburn, making him the most intriguing aspect of the film. And that’s what the Coens are about. Giving you remarkable, crazy, memorable, deep characters playing out classic storylines with a modern twist. The problem with True Grit was, that both Steinfeld’s and Damon’s characters lacked that special something. A great effort for the young actress, but I just didn’t buy Mattie Ross as a revengful, bloodthirsty but extremely intelligent ans clever young girl. Damon is a great guy, but he lacks that certain natural something, and tying a hairband around your tongue to mimic the voice of someone missing a piece of it, doesn’t really cut it.
Despite its minor flaws True Grit is yet another solid film from the ‘double headed director’ that is the Coen brothers. I’m not a fan of the western genre (mostly due to my lack of knowledge in it), but with the Coens it’s not really about that. Possibly losing out on No Country For Old Men‘s success, Jeff Bridges’ Oscar last year and the late release date, True Grit won’t probably play a big role this Awards Season. Still a film worth watching, even though not the best from this group of megatalent.
7.5 / 10