Jul 23, 2011

True Grit, 2010

True Grit, 2010
Director: Ethan & Joel Coen
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld

Stage: @Laptop

True grit in short: Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with "true grit," Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn. Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose drinking, sloth, and generally reprobate character do not augment her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and surprises on the journey, and each has his or her "grit" tested.

Preps: One of the more notorious ones according to the Academy. And one of the worst ones according to some people I know.

Reality: At first, amazed. Because of the language, the setting, the scenes and the costumes. The language spoken is truly beautiful. I would wish that my daughter at 14 posesses such language. Ancient and beautiful. Noone speaks this way any more.
But the rest.. the story is somehow believable. Vengeance brings a lot out of many people, therefore the story about making a chase after your father's murderer, is quite believable, nasty and could get the viewer in the dark of the deed.
Nevertheless, the story remains where I dreamt it, the happening is somehow boring and even though the main characters are moving all the time, you have the distinctive feeling they are at the same firecamp all the time and that nothing is about to happen.
The scenes at the beginning will drive your attention, but in the middle, the movie loses its pace and becomes average, then boring. The chase isn't half as fun as watching the young girl fighting for her right. Jeff Bridges? Matt Damon? ahm.. not impressive. is true grit being an asshole with an attitude? I don't think so. Unfortunately, I don't really like this one. I believe the original was better.

My personal rate: 5,0 (up to a point, very good. After that.. erase it!)

True Grit on IMDB

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