I really enjoyed Coen brothers’ latest movie “True Grit”. It is more enjoyable than you’d expect from the makers of Blood Simple, O Brother Where Are Thou? and the Oscar winning No Country for Old Men. It’s not depressing, it’s not dark and it is much closer to the 1968 novel of the same name by Charles Portis. This is the second adaptation of his book and before it was adapted for film in 1969.
“True Grit” tells the story of 14 year old Mattie Ross (played by Hailee Steinfeld). Her father was killed by the coward Tom Chaney (played by Josh Brolin). She leaves her home with a servant to collect her father’s body, while collecting the body she asks around about hiring a U.S. Marshall to track Tom Chaney down.
After hearing the qualities of the potential three candidates, she decided to hire alcoholic Rooster Cogburn (played by Jeff Bridges) along with Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (played by Matt Damon), and they set out on Clancy's path. Along the way, with the help of LaBoeuf, they track Chaney via the infamous Lucky Ned Pepper (played by Barry Pepper) gang, and following a great deal of killing and numerous incidents they have taken Chaney in.
The tale is sharply filmed with a realistic "Western" background and is filled with the originality. The settings, costumes everything seemed accurate to the time they represented. The best part of this adaptation is the Hailee Steinfeld casting the lead role. She steals every scene she is in, and Jeff Bridges does an excellent job reprising his role as Rooster Cogburn as is Matt Damon as the LeBoeuf. Burwell does a fantastic job scoring the film, which fit the different scenes of the movie really well giving a better experience to each.
The script does seem to lose a bit of the ending, but overall a good movie.