Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #102 True Grit

In Uncategorized on December 26, 2010 at 1:47 AM

Movie #102 True Grit

(2010, US, d. Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)

There’s something about the Coens. They have an incredible capability to not only shoot out movie after movie like a factory line, but they do it really, really well. True Grit is a Western and like any good Western, it comes with all its regular iconography: Indians being killed, hangings, lynchings, shootouts, desert landscapes, lone rangers, Texas rangers, etc.. However unlike a regular Western, the narrator of the story is a 14 year old business-minded girl out to avenge the killing of her father. Her name is Mattie and her performance is what carries the film. It’s a darn shame that she didn’t even get a nod from the Golden Globes this year. In fact, unlike any reputable awards show this season, True Grit has been completely snubbed from the Globes. Like any Coen film, the plot is always a beautiful complement to the eclectic group of characters that occupy it. You have Federal Marshall Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) – an old, fat bounty hunter who prides himself on being acquainted with nearly every person he sees – and La Beouf (Matt Damon) – a Texas Ranger who, as he never fails to mention in any conversation at least twice, is also a Texas ranger. The plot is simple, but it’s how the Coens and their Director of Photography Roger Deakins guide these characters from point A to point B that counts. It’s a quiet ride. But it’s a very thrilling ride. Again, shame on the Golden Globes.

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  1. have u seen the john wayne vs?
    i preferred the coens vs better. then again, im a big fan of theirs + bridges. as for westerns–cant beat Deadwood. a tv series to boot! bloody fantastic.

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