True Grit review

The Coen Brothers go Western, telling the story of a headstrong girl forming an unlikely relationship with an ageing US Marshal when she hires him to find the man who killed her father.

Joel and Ethan Coen have an incredible knack for making films that are almost impossible to dislike and every aspect of True Grit, from script to edit, almost flawlessly fall into place.

Matt Damon is good and Hailee Steinfeld, who is gaining a lot of attention for such a confident performance by a mere 13-year-old, is everso slightly over-hyped but excellent nonetheless. Josh Brolin, although quite brilliant in his own right, is miscast. He carries too much star power and draws too much attention for his small role. Jeff Bridges, however, is perfect and utterly captivating, really sinking his teeth into a meaty part. Actors aside, the Coens are the real stars but Roger Deakins’ cinematography is, once again, breathtaking and worth a special mention; this is one of the best looking, atmospheric films of the year.

True Grit isn’t quite in the same superleague as No Country For Old Men, a film that it will inevitably but unfairly be compared to. Like most Coen Brothers films, though, it unsurprisingly stands out from the crowd, exuding quality in all areas.

4 out of 5

14th Feb 2011 | Official site | On IMDb