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True Grit (2010)

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).

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2 comments on “True Grit (2010)

  1. Dave Becker
    02/07/2011

    This would be my pick for Best Picture this year. Hailee Steinfeld is beyond impressive, and actually steals the movie from her more experienced co-stars (and as you said, the story is told from her perspective, so she’s on-screen most of the time). The Coens have done it again, and should definitely walk away with at least one Oscar at this year’s awards (though in my opinion, they deserve more than one).

  2. Klaus
    02/07/2011

    “Hailee Steinfeld is beyond impressive” – she sure was! It’s always refreshing to see age appropriate actors playing these roles. I never understand when they get a 23 year old to play a teen – when there are plenty of teenaged actors who would be much better in the role!

    While I very much enjoyed True Grit – i’ve only seen one of the other nominees to date – so i’m going to withhold my “vote” until a see the rest.

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