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Review: 'True Grit' 'Two Jews On Film' Go In Different Directions With Coen Bros Epic (Video)

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December 21st, 2010 1:10pm EST

'True Grit' written and directed by the Coen Bros. stars the brilliant Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn, a one eyed, tough, mean, hard drinking U.S. Marshal who thinks nothing about shooting first and asking questions later.  He gets hired by Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld), a no nonsense, prim, 14 year old from Arkansas to track down the man who murdered her father...Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) and bring him to justice.  She's looking for someone that has 'true grit' and thinks Cogburn just might be that person.  Against Cogburn's wishes, Mattie goes with him on the trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney.  They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, (Matt Damon)who wants Chaney for very different reasons.  This unlikely trio finds danger, surprises and even redemption on this journey and most importantly, they each have at some point in the film...their 'grit' tested.   This is not your typical shoot- em-up western...This is the Coen Bros. western.  They have adapted Charles Portis' novel, not the remake of the John Wayne classic.  Ethan and Joel Coen have captured the reality of life in the old west...The dialogue is beautifully, authentic and the violence is ugly.  The scenery, costumes, the acting, the timing of the scenes...all make for an amazing cinematic experience.  Hailee Steinfeld, a newcomer, fully inhabits the part of Mattie Ross.  Everyone in the cast does the Coen Bros proud.  This is the 'Two Jews On Film' 50th review and once again, their bagel rating is very far apart. 'True Grit' opens in theaters, Wednesday, December 22nd and it will definitely add to your holiday cheer..    

 

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Photo Credits: Paramount Pictures