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Following the murder of her father by an outlaw named Tom Chaney, feisty 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to track the killer and avenge her father. To aid her, she hires an aging U.S. marshal, a man with 'true grit', and another lawman.
The sharp humour of the film and flashes of eccentricity, such as a henchman who only communicates using animal noises, show the Coens' unique personality, but as a whole True Grit is beautifully, simply classic.
Nothing very startling happens, but the Coens have a sure hand, and Bridges, in the old John Wayne role, plays a man, not a myth; you can sense Rooster's stink and his nasty intelligence, too.
December 27, 2010
The real reason to see the film is the work of the Coens' regular collaborators, cinematographer Roger Deakins and composer Carter Burwell, who supply the visual and auditory landscapes that are True Grit's most notable achievement.