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True Grit (2010) 2010

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, Hailee Steinfeld
Runtime:
1 hour, 50 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld
Supporting actors Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, Dakin Matthews, Jarlath Conroy, Paul Rae, Domhnall Gleeson, Elizabeth Marvel, Roy Lee Jones, Ed Corbin, Leon Russom, Bruce Green, Candyce Hinkle, Peter Leung, Don Pirl, Joe Stevens, David Lipman, Jake Walker
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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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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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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By technoguy VINE VOICE on 31 July 2011
Format: DVD
The original True Grit was a superb vehicle for John Wayne and it's centred on his persona.It has a lot of spirit and you suspect Wayne enjoyed making it and he rightly garnered an Oscar after a lifetime of making westerns.That film captured the beauty of the wide open landscape and really zipped along.The Coen brothers have taken the subject of the film from the original novel by Charles Portis,fleshed out the salty,idiomatic speech patterns, focused more on Mattie Ross's perspective.In addition, it was shot in settings more typical of the novel. (The 1969 film shot in the Colorado Rockies and the Sierra Nevada, while the 2010 film was shot in Santa Fe, New Mexico as well as Granger, and Austin, Texas.)

The novel's narrator is Mattie, which got totally lost in the original.She has the "true grit"of the Old Testament and she finds it matched by Rooster Cogburn's more worldly,lethal "true grit".Mattie like a religious Huck Finn goes forth into a pit of hell full of blood and rattlesnakes to gain vengeance on the man,Tom Chaney, who killed and robbed her father.Mattie(Hailee Stenfield)losing her innocence has to pay a high price to pursue the wicked:"I would not rest easy until that cur was roasting and screaming in hell!"The film captures the novel's spirit-Cormac McCarthy with laughs.Mattie is an avenging fury.This will affect the rest of her life.
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Well, I've seen both films several times and read the book, so here goes.
For me, westerns are like sci-fi films, they say more about the period in which they were made rather than the period that they are depicting. This is definitely 'grittier' than the John Wayne, but that alone does not make it a better film, just a different one. Jeff Bridges is excellent, althogh it is true his accent is very difficult to understand some of the time, but perseverence brings rewards. Matt Damon is ok, Hailleee Steinfeld is very good (and should have been nominated for actress, not supporting actress, as she is clearly the lead charecter in this version, as well as the book).
As to it being more faithful to the book than the previous version, this is not true. It has the book's ending, which the John Wayne film does not, but there are truncated scenes, and missing ones (the part in the book where the deal is made at the start, for instance, is mostly missing), and some other scenes are altered (such as LeBoeuf going off before Maddy meets Chaney, which the John Wayne version has the same as the book). In all, however, it is a very good film, and so is the John Wayne one, neither are rubbish and it is churlish of anyone to say so.
The book is outstanding, however, and I would recommend it to anyone.
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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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