True Grit has finally appeared in cinemas here, after what feels like a very long wait! I am a massive fan of the Coens, so it should go without saying that I was really looking forward to this film. I haven’t seen a lot of Westerns, but I do appreciate the good ones that I have seen in the past, so I was also pretty excited to see how the Coens would take on this genre.
The main character in the film is a 14 year old girl, Mattie Ross (played by Hailee Steinfeld). She arrives in town to claim the body of her father, who was shot and killed by one of his hired hands, Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin). She is determined to see his killer hanged, so she hires US Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), whom she believes has ‘true grit’. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon), and set out on the trail of Chaney and the outlaw gang he has joined.
I could say a lot more about this film, and indeed I wrote out several long, rambling paragraphs, but then deleted them because I don’t think I can adequately sum up the film or do it justice. Oh well, there are proper film reviews for that. So I will cut to the point: everything about the film was brilliant and I loved it. The plot, the dialogue, the characters and the performances, the cinematography, the soundtrack, the balance between the grim moments and the black humour - it is all perfect. It is exactly what I’d want from a Western, and while it may be different from other Coen Brothers films, it still has all of the quality you would expect from them. I really cannot recommend it highly enough.