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'Mattie's True Grit' featurette, 'From Bustles to Buckskin' featurette, 'Dressing for the 1880s' featurette, 'Re-Creating Fort Smith' featurette, 'The Cast' featurette
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital\Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Running Time: 106 minutes
Production Year: 2010
Main Language: English
The Coen brothers have often dabbled with the Western. Its influence is clearly seen in their first film Blood Simple and the Oscar winning No Country for Old Men. Although those films had very western like characters and stories, they still retained the modern setting. With True Grit they finally delve fully into the genre, and it makes for one of the most riveting films in recent history.
Following the murder of her father, 14-year-old Mattie Ross (played by Hailee Steinfeld) sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the U.S. marshal Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn (The always awesome Jeff Bridges), a man with real "true grit". They are also joined by the Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (An almost unrecognizable Matt Damon), who wants the killer for his own purposes.
I often find it very difficult to determine out of the three leads who does the better job. At first Bridges is the obvious standout, His take on the wizened old vet is masterfully done. Matt Damon’s LaBoeuf starts out very unlikable and dismissive, but towards the end his genuinely good character and protective nature shine though. Buts it’s Hailee Steinfeld (In her first feature film) that completely steals the show. She does an amazing job as a little girl in a man’s world. The way that her character’s initial dogged persistence evolves throughout the film into something far greater is just fantastic to watch.
Like most recent Coen brothers movies, this film is also really well shot and has all kinds of gorgeous visuals going on. The sense of time and place is also wonderfully captured.
The definitive modern western and a definite must own.