True Grit: A Cool Movie, But Can I Get A Jargon Thesaurus!!!

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“True Grit” is the Coen Brothers remake of the 1969 classic that starred the baddest man of his time, the bleed American legend John Wayne. For this new take, the brothers go with the most laid back actor of his time, Jeff Bridges. Its funny how two men of different eras, the former regally named “The Duke” while the latter the slacker moniker “The Dude,” brought the character of U.S Marshal Rooster Cogburn to Western Cinema iconography. Yes, Bridges is great as the jargon speaking, eye- patch wearing cowboy, another triumph in this actor’s amazing career. However, the heart and soul, even grit, of this film truly belongs to 14 year old starlet Hailee Steinfeld, whose toughness combined with adolescent angst wins over the underlined brutality of the story. In “True Grit,” the Coens find tenderness not seen in their films since “Raising Arizona,” or at least as tender as a movie that has body count can be.

Hailee Steinfeld plays Mattie Ross, a no-nonsense kid seeking revenge on Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), the man who killed her dad in cold blood. Ross hires Cogburn, much to his annoyance, since his “true grit” is needed for Ross to quench her vengeance. The youngster is also aided by LaBoeuf (Matt Damon), a Texas Ranger who wants to deliver Chaney to justice and collect the bounty, a task that goes against Ross’ wishes. During the journey, Ross is eyewitness to the merciless world of the gunslingers, where survival comes down to the quickness of a pistol. However, Ross finds in Cogburn, while soiled in violence and drenched in whisky, a kindred spirit who would protect her against the evils the plain lands deliver.

We admit, “True Grit” is good, but not among our favorites from the great Coens. Perhaps we got spoiled by their recent tenacity with “No Country for Old Men” and the mystery of “A Serious Man” that “True Grit’s” mass appeal caught us off-guard. However, in the spirit of the late Charles Portis novel, the Coens capture the excitement and reflection of a perilous, life changing adventure. Lastly, as the film’s epilogue suggest, as time makes us elder and harden, the memories of those who touched us will remind us who we were, who we are, and who we will always be.

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