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Wick-Quoting #33: True Grit (2010)

“I am a Texas Ranger.”


I had to admit to having some reservations about this film before I went to go see it.  Of course, I knew that it was directed by the Coen Brothers, who made the amazing No Country for Old Men among other great films.  But I thought the trailer for this film looked dry and bland, not to mention that I’m also not a huge fan of Westerns.  Still, I can confidently say that this film personally exceeded my expectations.

They got on their Western hats

Casual movie goers such as teens and college students just looking for activities to do with their friends on the weekends may not be very aware of the Coen Brothers and their library of works.  Many people of the demographics mentioned might not even have watched No Country for Old Men.  To those people, aka those who weren’t all hyped up because of the “directed by the Coen Brothers” line, I think you’ll greatly enjoy True Grit. The story is about a young girl named Mattie (Hailee Steinfield) who is determined to seek justice after her father is murdered helping a man named Tom Cheney (Josh Brolin).  To this end she gains the help of Texas Ranger LeBeouf (Matt Damon) and Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges).  Young Hailee does an amazing job as Mattie, and Mattie herself is a strong, witty, and very determined heroine.  Damon and Bridges do a great job in their roles, and play strong and street wise (sorry, this just seems to be the most fitting term in my mind) characters who still each have their weaknesses that make them that much more human and likeable.  The chemistry of the three characters – Mattie, Cogburn, and LeBeouf – fuels a good part of the story’s humane side, and this relationship of the characters all leads to a touching and, in my opinion, strangely lonely although not unhappy ending.

You only got one shot, do not miss your chance..

Overall, True Grit is no tough guy action movie.  It’s not a movie that’ll keep you constantly on the edge of your seat with gunshots and showdowns and villains popping out of every shadow.  But it is a movie with a unique, interesting plot that does plenty to keep you engaged throughout, with great characters and a strangely very moving, human feeling.  I don’t know the exact words to describe it, but the ending of the film gave me that feeling that Mattie also has as she walks away from the camera.  True Grit is definitely one of those films that will leave an impact.

Damon makes for an unintentional humorous Texas Ranger


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