“True Grit” Mini-Movie Review

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By: Keith Davis

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*** 1/2 STARS

The original “True Grit” has long been heralded as one of the best Western’s of all time, which would lead some film fans to ask, “Why remake a classic”? The answer of course is the Coen Brothers can do no wrong, so why not? Boldly reanimating the comic Western that secured John Wayne his Oscar 41 years ago, “True Grit” stands on it’s own in the spectrum of great Western movies. This perverse buddy tale, in which a grown up talking 14-year-old (Hailee Steinfeld) bonds with a one-eyed, drunk bounty-hunter over the merits of vengeance is a gritty action packed feast for the eyes.

The Coen Brothers attention to detail and realistic dialogue give this film the authenticity most modern Western’s lack. Every speck of grime and dirt are highlighted along with colorful dialogue that is true to the time period. In this version of “True Grit” justice comes swiftly and bloody, but also fairly, no one ends up dead who didn’t have it coming. It is, at its core, an emotional, even film that lifts the original classic to new heights. With a terrific supporting cast and gorgeous cinematography, The Coen Brothers have made the perfect companion piece to one of the best films of all time, and one of the best movies of 2010.

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Comments (2)

  1. Angela says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this movie…the quick, witty insults were superb.

  2. steveg says:

    Loved the original and this, can’t wait to see it again.

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