True Grit is a powerful story of vengeance and valour set in an unforgiving and unpredictable frontier where justice is simple and mercy is rare. Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) is determined to avenge her father's blood by capturing Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) the man who shot and killed him for two pieces of gold. Just fourteen she enlists the help of Rooster Cogburn Academy Award Winner Jeff Bridges) a one-eyed trigger-happy U.S. Marshall with an affinity for drinking and hardened Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Academy Award Winner Matt Damon) to track the fleeing Chaney. Despite... their differences their ruthless determination leads them on a perilous adventure that can only have one outcome: retribution. [show more]
The Coen brothers are known for not only always working together (including everything from the writing and directing to producing and even editing their own films under the pseudonym "Roderick Jaynes") but for their quirky style, unique iconic characters and black humour, whether they are working in serious mode ('No Country for Old Men', 'A Serious Man') or silly mode ('Burn After Reading', 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?').
True Grit sits closer to the more serious side, and some might even say it is the least Coen-esque film of their back catalogue, but nevertheless it has the masterful duo's fingerprints all over it. Taking that most iconic of genres, the Western, and putting their unique touch on it, True Grit is one of the best examples of a Western made in the last decade or two, rivalling the likes of recent Westerns such as gritty The Proposition and the vast yet intimate The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. The Coens clearly respect the genre tremendously, and there's the notable scenes from the genre on fine show here including the obligatory night-time fireplace discussions and gun-totin' standoffs. But ultimately the duo's unique brand of filmmaking make this particular Western stand out from the crowd.
This is a remake of the 1969 film of the same name, which starred the great John Wayne (the only film he ever won an Oscar for). Stepping into the daunting shoes of "The Duke" is the brilliant Jeff Bridges, sporting the distinctive eye-patch and cowboy hat, barely understandable with his incessant muttering and more inebriated than just about any cowboy the screen has ever seen. Matt Damon is also on particularly good form as Texas Ranger LaBoeuf who is helping the 14-year-old Mattie Ross avenge the death of her father (or at least gets roped into doing so despite his own agenda of catching the killer). But even with these two great actors - along with Josh Brolin as the killer, Tom Chaney - it is newcomer Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie who truly shines. Managing to out-act even the most seasoned of actors here with her energy, inherent likability and determination making for a lead you can both sympathise with (after all she has just lost her father) but still feel like she can handle herself. On a side note it is bewildering that Steinfeld was nominated as Best SUPPORTING Actress at the Oscars as she is clearly the lead in the film.
With gorgeous cinematography by Roger Deakins and a tremendous score from Carter Burwell (two of the best in their respective fields), True Grit rides high as much on its technical merits as its story and acting. The Coen brothers have made a film which sits comfortably at the top of their list which already includes films such as Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men and Blood Simple, to name but a few. I think you'll agree that's quite an achievement.
This particular release of True Grit is packed to the brim with bonuses and special features. First of all not only do you get the Blu-ray edition - allowing the technical aspects to truly stand out - but you also get a DVD copy of the film and a digital copy if you're partial to watching movies on your computer or iPhone.
Special features are plentiful including "Behind the Scenes With Mattie Ross" (doing what it says on the tin), "Outfitting the Old West: Buckskins, Chaps and Cowboy Hats" (which takes a look at the costuming etc.) and "The Cinematography of True Grit" (which is a must-watch if you're a particular fan of Roger Deakins' work), and much more. All this makes this Triple-Play edition well worth the extra few quid!
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Coen Brothers updating of the classic 1969 western starring Jeff Bridges as U.S. Marshal 'Rooster' Cogburn, originally played by John Wayne. After her father is murdered, 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) sets out to capture the killer, Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), with the help of two lawmen - the ageing, alcoholic marshall Rooster Cogburn (Bridges), and Texas Ranger La Boeuf (Matt Damon). Determined to accompany them on their quest, Mattie wonders whether Cogburn, with his loose morals, has the required 'true grit' for the job. When Chaney's trail heads into Indian territory, Mattie, stubborn to the last, insists on joining the pair in their search, which soon finds them in a raft of dangerous adventures that will test them to the core.
Please note this is a region B Blu-Ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-Ray player in order to play A 14-year-old girl (Hailee Steinfeld) joins an aging US marshal (Jeff Bridges) and another lawman (Matt Damon) in tracking her father&39;s killer into hostile Indian territory in Joel and Ethan Coen&39;s adaptation of Charles Portis&39; original novel Sticking more closely to the source material than the 1969 feature adaptation starring Western icon John Wayne the Coens&39; TRUE GRIT tells the story from the young girl&39;s perspective and re-teams the celebrated filmmaking duo with their NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN producing partner Scott Rudin Josh Brolin and Barry Pepper co-star