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Ahem. So we were talking about True Grit?
So this movie is great. The characters are great, the story is great, the acting is great, the cinematography is great and your mom is great-
Just making sure you're paying attention.
Anyway, me and the Coen's don't always get along, I am in the minority of people that hated Fargo for one thing.
But I love Raising Arizona, O Brother Where Art Thou, No Country For Old Men and now True Grit. Cuz it's awesome. The movie centers on Mattie Ross, an incredible performance by Hailee Steinfeld, a fourteen year old girl whose father has been murdered by Tom Cheney, a nasty outlaw dude played Josh Brolin. No one really cares all that much so Mattie takes it upon herself to hunt him down, enlisting in Jeff Bridges' character, the old, fat, one-eyed, hard-drinking, little-sense-making but still somehow badass US Marshal Rooster Cogburn.
So after much badgering and cajoling on Mattie's part, the two set off to hunt down Cheney, occasionally helped/hindered by a Mr. LaBoeuf, a kinda goofy Texas Ranger also intent on tracking down Cheney, played with surprising ease by Matt Damon. Along the way they encounter corpses, convicts and such Coen-esque moments as a snowy meeting with a bearded-man in a bearskin who claims to be a traveling dentist.
It's a pretty straight-forward Western for a Coen Bros movie. And that's not a bad thing, it's a damn good Western, just less Coen-y than I would have expected. I kept waiting for Steve Buscemi to pop up and be quirky but they basically play the genre straight. The characters are what drive the film, and they are great. I cannot overstate how amazing Hailee Steinford is as the bright, stubborn girl determined to bring Tom Cheney to justice. She is a fearless, matter-of-fact girl who doesn't fuck around and Steinfeld brings her to life beautifully, you're on her side almost the moment you meet her. I hate kid actors for the most part as they are largely horrible, but she sympathetic and believable and other such praiseful words. If this kid isn't nominated for SOMETHING, it will be a grave mistake.
Jeff Bridges is also fantastic. It's weird to watch after just seeing him dicking around in Tron, with all his bio-digital jazz. For True Grit however, he brings his A-game and portrays Cogburn as a stumbling drunk who never shuts the hell up about his ex-wives, but will also attack four armed dudes on horses, a gun each hand and his reins in his teeth. Which is cool as hell. The dialogue is also great, whip smart and fast-firing and often surprisingly funny, I wanted to write it all down to remember later because it was all clever and such. Also, everyone talks period-accurate which was interesting because it meant no contractions and people making such pronouncements as "I do not know this man," "I am not happy," or "You give out very little sugar with your pronouncements."
Some people have claimed that the ending comes too fast, that it's anti-climatic, and that Josh Brolin's dipstick Tom Cheney is a letdown. Well, the ending does feel rushed, but as for Tom Cheney and his anti-climaticness, I feel it was very much on purpose. We don't see him for the longest time, only hear how he murdered people and evaded the law, and he is built up as this force of evil and we finally meet him after all this build-up and...
But he's also just a man, which is going to disappoint you no matter what after everything you heard about the guy. So, to sum up: Gorgeously shot, expertly crafted Coen-y Western goodness. Hailee Steinfeld is incredible, Jeff Bridges is fantastic and if the only complaint I can make is that the ending is rushed, things are looking good. For being a good old fashioned bad-ass Western, True Grit grits its way to four and a half catapults out of five.
"Oh. Oh no. Looks like she fell, and um, broke. Dang. Guess I'll have to do all her scenes now, right?"
This is Sugary Cynic, firing pistols without depth perception (I'd duck if I you). 'Night!
Rooster: "I mean to kill you in one minute, Ned. Or see you hanged in Fort Smith at Judge Parker's convenience. Which will you have?"