Monday, 27 June 2011

True Grit: Blu Ray Review

True Grit: Blu Ray Review

True Grit
Rating: M
Released by Universal Home Ent

Jeff Bridges stars as Rooster Cogburn in this Coen Bros helmed remake of the 1969 Western which originally starred John Wayne.
Cogburn's a one-eyed US Marshall who's charged by Hailee Steinfeld's teenaged Mattie Ross to bring her father's killer, Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) to justice.

Initially reticent, Cogburn takes on the job - and ends up teaming up with Texas Ranger La Beouf (Matt Damon) who's also tracking Chaney.

The three of them head out on the trail - with Ross determined to make sure Cogburn brings her father's killer home to face justice rather than see him swing in Texas (La Beouf's wishes).

But when Mattie accidentally stumbles across Chaney, the quest suddenly becomes deadly.

True Grit is a straight forward Western, which while sublime in places may not appeal to everyone.

Bridges and Damon are good but all in honesty, they're acted off the screen by Steinfeld, whose performance is astoundingly star making. Her Mattie is precocious, head strong and described by one character as "hard as nails". And yet once or twice, when the bravado slips, Steinfeld brings to the role a steely vulnerability and a humanity which it's hard not to warm to - or be impressed by - it's
a star making turn and one of the best reasons to see this film.

Extras: Plenty of behind the scenes, casting, trailer, doco about the writer - a good solid bunch.

Rating: 8/10

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