On CLIPS In January, 2011
Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) helps young Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) bring her father's murderer to justice.
TRIVIA: Who played Mattie Ross in 1969's "True Grit"?
(4 CAMS) RATED PG-13
Out to avenge her father's murder, young Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) gets help from U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) and Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) in tracking killer Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin). "True Grit" is a wildly entertaining and engrossing look at the Old West. Directors Joel and Ethan Coen have created a superb screen version of the Charles Portis novel. This is a major accomplishment, since the 1969 original earned John Wayne his award for Best Actor. While Bridges and Damon both deliver award-worthy performances, it's relative newcomer Hailee Steinfeld who steals the thunder away from the veteran actors in this dialog-heavy Coen Brothers screenplay. The Coens lifted most of the dialog out of the book, as did Marguerite Roberts with the 1969 version. So "...bold talk for a one-eyed fat man" may sound familiar, but it has never looked better. The sweeping vistas captured by cinematographer Roger Deakins, enhanced by Carter Burwell's memorable score, transport the audience back to those thrilling days of yesteryear. "True Grit", on its second go-around, is the kind of slam-bang entertainment that's rare in filmmaking today and is truly the grittiest western of the decade.