I have been told that this one makes the original insufferable and adds much value to the novel it’s been adapted from. For the benefit of the ones that haven’t seen or read either, let’s just say, it’s still one hell of a film. A western with an attitude, “True Grit” is truly gritty to say the least. Guided by some award winning performances and finely tuned writing, “True Grit” seems to be worth all the Academy nominations it bagged.

Mattie Ross (newcomer Hailee Steinfeld) is a 14 year old gutsy piece of work who is out to avenge her father’s murder. Jeff Bridges (Rooster Cogburn) is an aging US marshal with an unconventional method and a liking for whisky. Mattie employs Rooster to track down her father’s killer and bring him to justice. Texas Ranger LaBeouf (Matt Damon) joins them on a manhunt for Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), the notorious murderer. In the very beginning we are faced with Mattie’s gutsy and street smart attitude. Her attitude and determination not only win the respect of tough men like Cogburn and LaBoeuf, they are also bound to win you over. Told from Mattie’s point of view, the film is a bold adventure you embark on with full faith in the characters and they do not disappoint.

Mattie is told that Cogburn is a man of true grit. This very dialogue neatly wraps up the film for us. Cogburn’s character grows on the audience and Mattie alike. With his sharp tongue and alchoholism, Mattie at some point begins to doubt Cogburn. She is even seen telling LaBouef that she chose the wrong man for the job. But Cogburn, the old and fat drunkard as he calls himself; proves that it’s not what you look like, it’s what you are on the inside that makes you a man of honour and grit. Jeff Bridges with his smoky voice, aging demeanor and uncanny humor steals the show. Matt Damon delivers a solid and bankable performance as the proud Texan Ranger. Hailee Steinfeld surprises with a performance that could put some old timers to shame.
On the downside, it did seem abrupt and unnecessarily sad towards the end. However that could be the drama loving Bollywood fan in me speaking. Never the less, it’s a compelling watch and worth every accolade it received.

[Rating: 3.5]

 

Malvika Rao

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Amit

    March 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    To start with- The english was impossible to comprehend. I could kill someone for subtitles. It drained so much energy out of me, I came out of the theatre feeling I ran a mental marathon. I am a great fan of Academy award movies 🙂 but this one is not meant for forrest-gump loving people like me.

  2. Amit

    March 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I would say you can give this one a miss and save some money.

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