Well crafted, well acted, well directed, etc, “True Grit” is such a good film in my book. While I never read the actual book nor saw the original 1969 film, this version looks like it was handled with the best production possible and the best set of directors, the Coen Brothers. I’m a really big fan of their films and what I really noted about this one in particular, was how straight-forward the film was when it came to being just a “western.”
It’s pretty much a simple story. Mattie goes after her father’s murder and meets Cogburn and LaBeouf and their journey becomes a bit of an adventure as they try to locate Tom Chaney. Everybody fit their roles perfectly and you could tell they brought their A-game whether it’s Hailee Steinfeld, Jeff Bridges or Matt Damon. There aren’t really any kinds of “dark” themes present in the film which is what I alluded to earlier when I mentioned that it was surprising that the Coen Brothers directed this film.
They’re known for maker their films with a darker or more violent tone, but regardless this was still another fine masterpiece from them in my view. Eventually I want to see the original film and even read the book too, but for now all I’ll say is that “True Grit” is a western extravaganza. Enough said.