True Grit Reviews
It obviously helps that they've got the one time Dude, Jeff Bridges. Bridges seems to be at his best with the Coen Brothers, and as drunken US Marshall Rooster Cogburn, he is terrific. He however, does not get the main applause. Newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, as Mattie Ross, is outstanding, even more so considered she was just 14 during the making. She is sensitive yet a heroin, brave yet na´ve. While it looks unlikely she'll win an Oscar, she is definitely deserving. Another underrated performance in this is Matt Damon as La Boeuf. Many don't take Damon seriously, especially after Team America: World Police, but he is excellent in this film. AT first he's unlikeable, but gradually you come to respect. On the darker side, Josh Brolin (another actor at his best with the Coens) and Barry Pepper make for great, intense villains.
In a way, this is the most mature Coen Brothers film. It's the least frantic, the most complete, one that manages to slow them down yet keep their usual storytelling skills. While No Country for Old Men was a fairly modernised Western film, this is definitely classic style, set around 1880, with a simplistic storyline. Young Mattie Ross needs to hunt down her father's murderer, so she hires Rooster. It takes it's time, and gives us a worthy ending.
Verdict: Superb acting, brilliant cinematography and a sharp script make this not only one of the best Coen Brothers films, but a strong contender for finest remake of all time.
Otro trabajo impecable tÚcnicamente de los hermanos Coen, pero como siempre sin esencia.
[Joel & Ethan Coen]