True Grit (2010) – REVIEW

by Jordache Wee

Release Date: December 22, 2010
Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Music by: Carter Burwell
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Hailee Steinfield, Barry Pepper, Domhall Gleeson, Ed Lee Corbin, Roy Lee Jones, Paul Rae, Nicholas Sadler, Bruce Green, Joe Stevens, Dakin Matthews, Elizabeth Marvel, Leon Russom, Jake Walker, Peter Leung, Don Pirl, Jarlath Conroy, J.K. Simmons

Mattie Ross (Elizabeth Marvel) narrates her father’s murder by Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin). Chaney robs her father’s horse and his two California gold pieces. While collecting her father’s body, the 14-year old Mattie (Hailee Steinfeld) inquires about hiring a Deputy U.S. Marshal to bring Chaney to justice.

The Sheriff gives her three recommendations, and she decides to hire Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) because he is described as having true grit which is what Mattie wants. He repeatedly rebuffs her attempts to talk with him. The next day, she attempts to hire Cogburn offering him $50 after reminding him of the government’s payments. He doesn’t believe she has it and refuses.

Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon)

Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) has been tracking Chaney for several months for the murder of a state Senator in Texas. After meeting Mattie, he proposes that they should team up with Cogburn, since he knows the Choctaw terrain where Chaney is hiding.

After finally securing Cogburn’s services for $100, Mattie is instructed to meet him the following morning to begin the search for Chaney since she insists on going. Instead of meeting Mattie, Cogburn leaves a note and a train ticket telling her to go home while he goes to apprehend Chaney.

US Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) and Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfield)

She gets on her horse and find Cogburn and LaBouef on the other side pf the shore. She is no doubt bold and brave to cross the river and reach there.

The next day, she learns Cogburn and Laboeuf have agreed to split the Texas reward on Chaney and accuses him of fraud. After a dispute, Cogburn ends his and Laboeuf’s deal and he leaves.

White in hot pursuit of the “Lucky” Ned Pepper gang with whom Chaney is with, they meet a doctor who instructs them to a cabin for shelter. Two outlaws, Quincey (Paul Rae) and Moon (Domhnall Gleeson) are staying there, one of whom Cogburn knows to a friend of “Lucky” Ned Pepper.

He questions them, Moon is fatally stabbed by Quincey whom Cogburn gun down. Moon explains that “Lucky” Ned Pepper (Barry Pepper) and his gang were planning on returning later that night. Cogburn kills two members of the gang, as well as Pepper’s horse, but accidentally wounds LaBoeuf.During the night and the next day, Cogburn drinks a great deal of whiskey. He and LaBoeuf argues again.

The next morning, Mattie encounters Chaney at the river. She draws her father’s pistol and shoots him when he tries to take her with him but he survives. The pistol misfires as she tries to finish him off; he drags her back to Pepper who uses her to make Cogburn leave. Pepper orders Chaney not to harm her and to take her to safety.

Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin)

Once alone, Chaney disobeys Ned and tries to kill her. In the nick of time, LaBoeuf appears and knocks Chaney with a boulder. They watch as Cogburn takes on the remaining members of Ned’s gang.

 LaBoeuf shoots Ned through the heart and kills him from four hundred yards away, impressing Mattie with his skill as a marksman. Chaney wakes up to attacks Laboeuf, and Mattie shoots Chaney in the chest and knocks him over cliff, killing him.

The recoil creates a knock-back pushing her back into a pit of rattlesnakes. She was bitten before Cogburn could save her. Cogburn rides day and night to get Mattie to a doctor, carrying her after he has to kill Mattie’s exhausted horse.

Twenty-five years later, Mattie – now 40 and with only one arm, the result of an amputation necessitated by gangrene from the snakebite – receives a note from Cogburn with a flyer enclosed inviting her to meet him at a traveling Wild West show with which he is performing when it stops in Memphis. When she arrives at the site, she learns that Cogburn died three days earlier.

Reviewer’s Note:
I have never such a boring movie. Especially the character which Jeff Bridges portrayed. I hardly hear a single word he said that I have to turn on the subtitles.

Jeff Bridges plays US Marshal Rooster Cogburn, sounds like a Texan. But like an old cowboy choke on his whiskey as he speak with heavily on a thick gibberish accent.

I salute on Matt Damon’s role on the Texas Ranger.

Hailee Steinfield is a young potential actress if she keeps it up. She has her character acting like mature 14 year-old.

I think this is the worst western film I watched. But the hell it wins an award? I just don’t get it.

There is no storyline. Just a simple story of a young girl who wants justice for her father that she hire Cogburn to track Chaney on a dead or alive notice.

It’s better off watching the original version played by John Wayne!


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