in about 100 words or less
US 110m, Colour
Directors: Joel & Ethan Coen; Cast: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper
Based on the 1968 Charles Portis novel of the same name, True Grit is a more entertaining and faithful adaptation of the book than the original 1969 movie starring John Wayne. The strength of this new adaptation lies in the fact that the story is told exclusively from the perspective of Mattie Ross – the 14-year-old girl who hires Cogburn to track down her father’s killer. This film also benefits from a strong supporting cast and outstanding performances by both Jeff Bridges as “Rooster” Cogburn and Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross. The often humorous dialogue, particularly that of the believable and age-appropriate performance of Steinfeld is skilfully delivered as her precocious character holds her own with the often not so clever characters who she routinely outwits. True Grit is clever, entertaining and engaging and one of the best films of 2010 (Klaus Ming February 2011).