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“True Grit” (2010) — This remake of the classic 1969 John Wayne film is directed by the Coen brothers and tells the tale of a young woman, Mattie Ross (played by Hailee Steinfeld), seeking revenge against her father’s murderer. In an effort to track the alleged killer, Mattie hires a man with “true grit” named Rooster Cogburn (played by Jeff Bridges).
Mattie and Rooster are accompanied by a Texas Ranger, LaBoeuf (played by Matt Damon), whose comical actions add to the film’s humor. The acting done by Steinfeld is superb for a relatively unknown actress. The character she plays is not one of a light spirit and would be difficult to portray for many actresses of such a young age, yet she does a fantastic job and does the role justice.
Jeff Bridges, on the other hand, is a seasoned actor who has had major roles in the films, “Iron Man,” “Tron,” “Crazy Heart,” “The Big Lebowski” and many others. The character Bridges plays is a rough, tough drunkard — not unlike his role in “Crazy Heart,” where he played a drunk musician who was well past his hey-day.
In “True Grit,” Rooster doesn’t like the idea of Mattie going with him to find her father’s killer, Tom Chaney (played by Josh Brolin), but in the end Rooster and Mattie develop a strong bond in the quest to avenge Mattie’s father.
This film is rated PG-13 for violence and cursing. Overall, the remake of “True Grit” is a wonderful film that leaves the audience feeling satisfied.