Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross's father has been shot in cold blood by the coward Tom Chaney, and she is determined to bring him to justice. Enlisting the help of a trigger-happy, drunken U.S. Marshal, Rooster Cogburn, she sets out with him, over his objections, to hunt down Chaney. Her father's blood demands that she pursue t...more
Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross's father has been shot in cold blood by the coward Tom Chaney, and she is determined to bring him to justice. Enlisting the help of a trigger-happy, drunken U.S. Marshal, Rooster Cogburn, she sets out with him, over his objections, to hunt down Chaney. Her father's blood demands that she pursue the criminal into Indian territory and find him before a Texas Ranger named LeBoeuf catches him and brings him back to Texas for the murder of another man. less
“A gripping screenplay coupled with great performances makes it a must watch!”
No 3d. No visual effects. A classic old school way of telling a power packed story via a gripping screenplay. True Grit keeps you engrossed in the movie at all times. Be it the over smart for her age Mattie or the drunk yet skillful Cogburn, the characters in this movie stick in your head and that is the USP of this film.
This movie is a revenge saga at heart. Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfield) at age 14 is out to seek revenge from a man called Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) who killed her father. She hires a US marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to track down and kill Chaney. Meanwhile a Texas ranger by the name of LaBouef (Matt Damon) is also on the hunt for Chaney. He joins Mattie and Cogburn for a brief while before splitting ways in pursuit of Chaney.
The screenplay and the dialogs are packed with a powerful punch. Mattie's dialogs are unique and nothing that you would expect from a 14 year old's mouth. Her strong will and desire to find and kill Chaney injects extra life into this movie. The setting of the movie is a wild west era which adds extra interest for the viewer. On the flip side the movie was a tad slow in the second hour and it takes an eternity before Tom Chaney actually comes up on screen. Also I expected Chaney to be a bigger fight than what was shown.
Acting wise, Hailee Steinfield was simply outstanding. She is definitely one talented kid, a star in the making. She pulled off some scenes with elan and lit up the screen with her exuberance and confidence . Jeff Bridges with his accent adds weight to the character. Matt Damon was excellent in his cameo.
The duo of Ethan and Joel Coen double up as writers and the directors of this movie. These guys are not new to writing award winning screenplays. They do not disappoint this time either and pull of yet another feather to add to their caps.
Reasons to watch: Hailee Steinfield's fantastic acting. Fan of the wild west era of film. A normal story told in an intriguing fashion. Great performances.
Reasons to skip: A little slow paced.
Repeat Value: Yes. A classic that can be owned when out on DVD.