‘True Grit’ is a story of the quest for justice. Fourteen year-old Mattie Ross, (played by fourteen year-old Hailee Steinfeld in her first major role), is beyond determined to find Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) the man who killed her father.
Mattie goes on a mission to retrieve her father’s body and to hire a good man to help her capture Chaney. She finds a man, a US Marshall, Rooster Cogburn. Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) is a heavy drinking, hard living lawman who really doesn’t want the job. Mattie is tenacious, to say the least, and has her way. Mattie goes along for the hunt despite Cogburn. The young lady is brave almost to her own detriment.
Matt Damon plays the Texas Ranger known only as LaBoeuf.
Between the three ‘though cookies’ the quest has an outcome that isn’t what everyone wanted, but is satisfying all the same.
The three stars make this film enjoyable, their chemistry is good. Is it as good as the chemistry between the original cast? Is it as good a film? No, its not as good as ‘True Grit’ ’69’.
John Wayne wasn’t the best actor of his time. But Wayne was good in ‘True Grit’ for which he received an Oscar (his one and only). Its been whispered in Hollywood that the Oscar was more for his ‘body’ of work than for the film. Wayne did several films after ‘True Grit’ but he never topped his performance in ‘True Grit’ or the films he did after the 1969 western.
Jeff Bridges is no John Wayne, however, he is Jeff Bridges.
Bridges has been nominated for Oscar five times, finally winning last year for ‘Crazy Heart’. He has been nominated for many other industry and critic awards, he has won several; mostly for ‘Crazy Heart’.
The original film starred beside John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby, Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper.
‘True Grit’ has many funny moments, however drama is kept at bay for the most part.
It would be a good bet that Hailee Steinfeld will receive a nod from Oscar, however being nominated and winning are two different things. Hollywood likes actors to pay their dues.
This film was made by the talented Cohen Brothers (‘A Serious Man’, ‘No Country For Old Men’). ‘True Grit’ was executive produced by Steven Spielberg.
If the flashy effects of ‘Tron: Legacy’ aren’t your cup of tea, you can watch Jeff Bridges in ‘True Grit’.
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