Saturday, January 15, 2011
Film Review: TRUE GRIT
I grew up watching westerns and ninja movies (with a father and an older brother in firm control of the television dial, I had little choice), so I am familiar with the western genre and at times a fan. The Coen Brothers return to the big screen with an adaptation of the book True Grit (and apparently not a remake of the film that starred John Wayne), and it's a very well made film. I enjoyed it. I found it to be intelligent, visually well filmed, and intriguing. I got sucked right into this world where outlaws, gunslingers and quoting the bible ruled.
We follow Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) as she hires a Marshall (Jeff Bridges) to track down the man (Josh Brolin) who shot and killed her father. Hailee Steinfeld is wonderful as the teen out for revenge. She is a tomboy, smart, rough, and ready for justice, no matter what. I was riveted by her performance. She should receive an Academy Award nomination as best actress. Bridges and Matt Damon are well suited in their roles as well.
The movie is doing exceptionally well at the box office. Perhaps it could be the catalyst for a Western resurgence. I'm sure Hollywood will jump on this bandwagon. Let's just hope that the quality is as high as this one.