Film of the Week: True Grit
The Academy-Award-winning Coen brothers return to directorial form in this gritty Western starring Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin.
Release date: 11 February 2011
Running time: 110 mins
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Hailee Steinfeld
Following the murder of her beloved father, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross hires the grizzled Marshall Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to hunt down the killer - the infamous 'gun for hire' Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin). Only a man with 'true grit' can bring a lawless man like Chaney to justice and the Marshall may be a slave to the bottle, but he has killed many outlaws before and appears to be just the man for the job.
But once on they're on the road, the Marshall's destructive behaviour begins to test Mattie's faith, that is until they're joined by Texas Ranger La Boeuf (Matt Damon), who it seems has an agenda of his own. With a stellar cast producing stunning performances, this sees the Coen brothers hitting new cinematic highs.
Screenplay: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
You should see it because: This remake of the John Wayne classic brings a host of Hollywood heavyweights to the big screen in some of their finest performances yet, earning them a mind-blowing 10 Oscar nominations!
See it if you liked: No Country for Old Men (2007), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), 3:10 To Yuma (2007)