True Grit (2010) 2010

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True Grit is a powerful story of vengeance and valor set in an unforgiving and unpredictable frontier where justice is simple and mercy is rare.

Starring:
Jeff Bridges,Josh Brolin
Runtime:
1 hour, 50 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin
Supporting actors Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Barry Pepper, Bruce Green, Dakin Matthews
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 May 2013
Format: DVD
I suppose the simplest way to describe this movie would be to say it's a remake of the John Wayne version with all the sentimentality (not to say camp) drained out. Whether you think that makes it more enjoyable than the original depends greatly on what you're looking for in a movie.

John Wayne has been, beyond question, in some outright great movies, and he makes the earlier version highly watchable basically by just doing his John Wayne thing throughout. But his very best movies have got something more, and personally I think he often did quite a bit better than "True Grit." (Best of all in "The Man who shot Liberty Valance", where his John-Wayneness is shown to epic advantage by the terrific compare-and-contrast performance of James Stewart.)

Not even Jeff Bridges can really make up for not having John Wayne in a Western, but for my money (YMMV and I don't blame you) this is a better film in every other respect. In particular, Hailee Steinfeld does a great job of making the 14 year old avenging angel Mattie Ross actually believable (no mean feat when you stop to think about it.)

Comparisons are odious. Watch both! (If you watch the JW version first, you'll have the bonus of picking up some sly homages in the later version, too.)
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R Robertson on 10 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD
It's a rare occurrence when I sit through a film so utterly engrossed that I have no criticisms of it at all. But True Grit managed that feat. Which makes the plethora of negative reviews all the harder to understand.

Beautifully and atmospherically shot (with a slight fairy tale quality), it also boasts engaging performances from Jeff Bridges, a hard to recognise Matt Damon and especially the young Hailee Steinfeld who is totally captivating. Most of the film's charm is due to her precocious self-confidence.

I've not seen the original, so can't compare, but I urge you to ignore the poor reviews here, see the film and make up your own mind.

And all this from someone who doesn't usually like the Coen Brothers!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By XANDER on 23 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
Watched this terrific Coen Bros remake - back to back with Waynes original movie , its now my second fav Coen bros film ,and just behind my fav ,which is Fargo

Love both the True Grit films ,and this TRUE GRIT remake is fantastic ,it definitely does the original justice - and then some , its perfectly cast , and all the actors are magnificent in there roles ,it's funny in places , sad in places ,and has some great moments of suspence and action

Some of the most memorable lines from the original movie are back , but one line that was left out ,that I would like to have seen left in - was when Mattie says something about Cogburn definitely having True Grit / when Cogburn on horseback single handedly charges the four other cowboys near the end of the movie - just felt it was far too memorable a remark ,and shouldve been kept in ,and I felt that the final shootout scene was a bit more epic in this remake , there's also some great new scenes in this movie ,I also felt that the end few scenes brought more emotion out of me in this one - than they did in the original film , the end is changed slightly in places , but it works really well

A must see western , and one of the best classic movie remakes EVER - period
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By T. Ross on 22 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
Definitely the best film I've seen this year. Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon both play outstanding roles, with without doubt the star performance is by Hailee Steinfeld.
If, like me, you have fond memories of the original film with John Wayne and Kim Darby, and are worried that it might be just a pale re-make - don't be. It's a brilliantly scripted, directed and shot film that stands up in its own right.
It deserves a place on anyone's one-to-watch list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Salisbury on 25 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
This Coen Brothers Western is a wonderful film and superior to the older film starring John Wayne.

Although the earlier, Henry Hathaway film was definitely good, the Coen Brothers film is definitely better - in just about every way, if fact. Acting, cinematography, script, and score are all clearly superior and fit in better, for example.

Importantly, though, the Coen Brothers' version has an artistry, atmosphere, and themes the original lacks. It captures the lonely feel of the West uniquely well, has a darker, more human feel, and is more consistent - coming together into a tighter, more cohesive film that makes more sense. It is more exciting and we feel more attached to the characters, and their relationships are more fleshed out. The characters in the Hathaway version are strangely lively, which clashes with the story's "grit" theme. There is a comic element, in fact. The characters in the Coen Brothers' version are realistic and believable. The are serious and have emotional depth. Their lives are not easy, and they reflect their difficult experiences. They have grit.

The climax in the Coen Brothers' version is much better, and the end is much more powerful. The Hathaway version had a somewhat inconsistent script, while the Coen Brothers' version has a solid script. Overall, the Coen Brothers' True Grit is a much more polished film.

The Coen Brothers claim it is another adaption of the book, but not a remake. This claim is upheld by the strong differences in character, plot, and style between the two. Also worth mentioning is that the Coen Brothers' version is more faithful to the book, which, in this case, results in a bolder story with more integrity. It also provides their version with additional justification, as a reasonably accurate version of the story is now available on film.

This is one of the great westerns and one of the Coen Brothers best films.
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