True Grit (Blu-ray)
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|Contributor||Hailee Steinfeld, Ethan Coen, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, Joel Coen, Jeff Bridges|
|Runtime||1 hour and 50 minutes|
Coen Brothers updating of the classic 1969 western starring Jeff Bridges as U.S. Marshal 'Rooster' Cogburn, originally played by John Wayne. After her father is murdered, 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) sets out to capture the killer, Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), with the help of two lawmen - the ageing, alcoholic marshall Rooster Cogburn (Bridges), and Texas Ranger La Boeuf (Matt Damon). Determined to accompany them on their quest, Mattie wonders whether Cogburn, with his loose morals, has the required 'true grit' for the job. When Chaney's trail heads into Indian territory, Mattie, stubborn to the last, insists on joining the pair in their search, which soon finds them in a raft of dangerous adventures that will test them to the core.
- Package Dimensions : 18 x 13.8 x 1.5 cm; 70 Grams
- Director : Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
- Media Format : Blu-ray
- Run time : 1 hour and 50 minutes
- Release date : 27 October 2011
- Actors : Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges
- Studio : Paramount
- ASIN : B00E3POAS6
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 1
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Having said that this is quite good. But you are kidding yourself if you think a good John Wayne can be improved. Ain’t so.
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True Grit is a 2010 film directed and written by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, also known as the Coen Brothers. The film has an excellent cast of actors including Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and has a memorable appearance by Hailee Steinfeld. The film is based on a novel of the same name, written by Charles Portis and released in 1968. There is also the highly regarded John Wayne film too, released in 1969 and co-starring Kim Darby and Glen Cambell. I was never a fan of the original, John Wayne is an actor I never quite agreed with. This remake is more my cup of tea and I'll go into that later.
The plot for True Grit is pretty basic, so basic in fact that it is kind of a stereotypical western. A teenage girl (Hailee Steinfeld) goes out of her way to enlist the help of a U.S. Marshal to track down the man that killed her father. The film is very easy to follow but it all makes sense and doesn't do anything remotely as daft as some more recent films (looking at you Star Wars!). It's a fairly typical western road trip with fun dialogue, beautiful scenery and of course, the obligatory gun battles.
I mentioned above that I was never a fan of the original. I always felt that it was a bit wooden and was a very hard pill to swallow. It lacked the charm of other westerns of their time and really couldn't hold it's own compared to what Clint Eastwood was doing. I don't mind a good spaghetti western etc but a lot of John Wayne movies just go straight over my head and that was one of them. In my opinion, the 2010 Coen film has a considerably more versatile cast. They do a great job with their roles. They bring a lot of personality to them, even if the thing is a little basic. I loved the chemistry between Bridges and Steinfeld.
The bluray print looks really nice. It has a very crisp and colourful print. It looks especially nice on my big 50" television. I really enjoyed the visuals of the characters are roaming the wilderness. Something that is always a treat with this kind of film. There's lots of details, lots of colour and it just looks nice all around. It is a beautiful film now and I have a feeling it will always be that way.
The film apparently isn't very true to the book or the 1969 film. But I thought it was very well paced and was really good fun to enjoy. It was simple, it did what it said on the cover and I really can't fault it for that. I know some John Wayne fans will eat me alive for saying this but I would recommend this over the original. By all means, check that film out and hopefully enjoy it. But this film will always be the better movie on technicalities alone (in my mind).
Oscar in the process. Perhaps his performance as the ageing Captain Brittles in "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" was
more deserving but whose complaining?
Jeff Bridges is always value for money in the roles he chooses and this is no exception. His interpretation of the
one-eyed rascally US deputy marshal Cogburn has a lot going for it...a tad more serious than the Wayne
version but both entertaining and believable...especially in his dealings with "Mattie", the headstrong heroine
of the story. I also like the way the Coen Brothers' film ends - with the older Mattie still giving lowlife the verbal
lash before visiting Cogburn's grave for a final farewell.
This film also has excellent sets, some fine photography and a suitably elegiac music score to add to its pleasures.
They can still almost make them like they used to.
In part, this is about the energy and idealism of youth, as it tries to rouse the slumbering conscience and the better nature of the adults on whom she must rely to catch the culprit. But it also traces the process whereby these men find their way back once again to the path of decency and respect for what they know to be right, as they find that they cannot let the girl down.
For my liking, there is a tad too much cork poppin', whisky swiggin' and incoherent ramblin' on the part of Jeff Bridges and I became a bit bored with his staggering and fulminating. I thought John Wayne gave a more convincing interpretation of Rooster Cogburn in the seventies' rendition of True Grit. I found this Mattie Ross, played by Hailee Steinfeld, an altogether more compelling and convincing character however and I would have liked seeing more of this pleasing actress. Matt Damon likewise has a small role to play as Texas ranger LaBoeuf and regrettably he never gets a chance to really portray his character with much individuality, which I found something of a waste, given what we know of his talent from the Bourne Trilogy.
Of course the subject is bleak, for the landscapes and situations shown are correspondingly bleak. The body hanging from a tree along the wayside and the senseless stabbing murder of a young man in a shack spring to mind. Thanks to fine direction by the Coen Brothers (of No Country for Old Men fame), the whole does hang together and its tensions produce a strong dramatic charge.