True Grit (2010)


(out of 5)

 is excellent as a fourteen year-old girl who leaves her rural county to head to the big city and find the man who shot her father. Having deduced his name and the direction in which he has headed, this young spitfire works a miraculous deal with a banker in order to put together a stash of money that she can use to hire a bounty hunter. The one she wants is an aging, failing and ornery old coot () who resists her offer at first but eventually gives in because, quite frankly, he’s not likely to see this kind of action much more in his dwindling life. The two of them are joined on their trek by a tall-tale spouting Texas ranger () who wants her father’s killer () for his own reasons. This absorbing remake of the 1969 Henry Hathaway original starring John Wayne finds the Coen brothers somewhere between their best and their worst (though definitely closer to the former). When they leave the quirky self-awareness behind, as in masterpieces like Fargo and No Country For Old Men, their films are so much more enjoyable than when they produce their cloying tributes to their favourite genres (The Hudsucker Proxy, Miller’s Crossing and Burn After Reading spring to, and grate on, the mind). Here they have assembled a superb cast, written a knock-out screenplay and made a film that is intelligent and incredibly entertaining, even if it is short-shrifted by an anticlimatic ending that fails to deliver a punch. There are still shades of smarmy cuteness here and there: as with their more trying films, you feel not like you’re watching a movie, but a movie of a movie, but here the Coens wisely keep the pony tricks to a minimum (for them) and the film is overall a wonderful experience.

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USA, 2010

Directed by ,

Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jeff Bridges as “Rooster Cogburn”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Hailee Steinfeld as “Mattie Ross”)
Best Art Direction (production design: Jess Gonchor; set decoration: Nancy Haigh)
Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins)
Best Costume Design (Mary Zophres)
Best Directing (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
Best Picture (Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, producers)
Best Sound Editing (Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey)
Best Sound Mixing (Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, Peter F. Kurland)
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins)

National Society of Film Critics Award
Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Jeff Bridges)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Hailee Steinfeld)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Adapted Screenplay

British Academy Award
Best Cinematography

Best Film
Best Leading Actor (Jeff Bridges)
Best Leading Actress (Hailee Steinfeld)
Best Screenplay (Adapted)
Best Costume Design
Best Sound
Best Production Design

Toronto Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actress (Hailee Steinfeld)

Best Screenplay

Boston Film Critics Award
Best Cinematography

Best Use of Music in A Film

Chicago Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Actor (Jeff Bridges)
Best Supporting Actress (Hailee Steinfeld)
Best Screenplay, Adapted
Best Cinematography
Best Original Score
Most Promising Performer (Hailee Steinfeld)



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