True Grit

Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin

Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld), is determined to avenge her father’s blood by capturing Tom Chaney (Brolin), the man who shot and killed him for two pieces of gold. Just fourteen, she enlists the help of Rooster Cogburn (Bridges), a one-eyed, trigger-happy U.S. Marshall with an affinity for drinking and hardened Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Damon) to track the fleeing Chaney. Despite their differences, their ruthless determination leads them on a perilous adventure that can only have one outcome: retribution.

Although not one of my favourite of the Coen Bros. it is a well crafted and brilliantly acted film. On a intellectual level I can see why the critics raved about it, but it somehow missed hitting the bullseye with me. That said, it’s certainly an out of the ordinary film and another notch on the Coen Bros substantial belt of achievement.

Verdict: Unquestionably watchable and certianly one to go out of your way to see, although lacks the tounge-in-cheek humour of the Coen Bros best work. ****

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