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Another "edgy" movie by the Coens filled with the usual comic mixture of sadism and misanthropy, this time expressed through its two lead male characters, a bushwhacker veteran and a Texas Ranger, two of America's most malignant forces.
The sharp humour of the film and flashes of eccentricity, such as a henchman who only communicates using animal noises, show the Coens' unique personality, but as a whole True Grit is beautifully, simply classic.
It may not rank among the Coen Brothers' greatest works, but their new adaptation of the Portis novel is intriguing to watch, beautifully filmed, and well worth taking a look at for the fascinating characters.
What makes True Grit truly brilliant, however, isn't just the Coens' reverence for the style and tone of the Westerns of yesteryear, but the John Ford-inspired manner in which they manage to both epitomise and eulogise the myth of the Old West...
True Grit is fun and entertaining, not to mention dark and extremely violent, but nothing more than that ... an abiding sense of faithfulness to the novel pervades the entire film and ultimately holds it back.
Only filmmakers with as impressive a back catalogue and supreme a talent as the Coen brothers could relax and produce a film as 'simple and straight' as True Grit and have it still be a thrilling, haunting, hilarious, minor-masterpiece.