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.