true grit. [movie review]

January 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

I watched “True Grit” last Tuesday with Alex, at his request. I was skeptical at the movie choice, and even protested against it. Every time I see previews for a western, I’m unfortunately reminded of 2003’s atrocity “Open Range”, with Kevin Costner. I often cite that movie as the worst I have ever seen, mainly due to Kevin Costner’s awkwardness, and oh, I don’t know, the fact that nothing happens in the whole movie. But, alas, I’m not reviewing “Open Range”.

Anyways, I eventually bit my tongue and went ahead to watch the movie with him. After all, his dog had died that morning. Energy drink in hand (a staple for the movie theater, I tend to fall asleep every time), I was prepared for a painful one hour and fifty minutes.

Although I fell asleep within the first ten minutes, that fact should not be representational of the entire movie. Soon after Alex ever-so-sweetly woke me up by abruptly pushing me off of his shoulder, the witty one-liners drew me in to the surprisingly comedic cast. Hailee Steinfeld does not fail to give life to the western backdrop with her dry humor and smooth delivery. As a newcomer, I was pleased to see that she had no trouble fitting in with the likes of Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon. In fact, she stands out with such an unexpected and memorable performance. I found myself on the edge of my seat, not for the action scenes, but instead for the next clever comeback from any of the colorful characters.

Rarely do I find myself wondering, at the end of a movie, who wrote the screenplay. Only as the credits rolled did I realize that “True Grit” is a Coen Brothers film. Not surprising, considering the unusual tone and style (it should be noted that the screenplay is actually in adaption of a 1968 western novel by Charles Portis, and a remake of the 1969 film of the same name).

I would recommend this film to anyone, as it’s more than just a western or an action-adventure movie. I mean, I’m a hard sell; I drag my feet at the idea of watching any ol’ movie, and I didn’t even need the energy drink for this one! I did drink it though, for honesty’s sake. But I didn’t need to. Trust me.



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