True Grit is said by some to be a remake of the John Wayne classic, others don’t see much of a resemblance. I myself go by what my parents, who saw it in the theater during it’s original release, say… that it is, but it is up to you to decide. It tells the story of Mattie Ross, a headstrong 14 year old girl out to avenge the murder of her father. She seeks the help of US Deputy Marshall Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn (played brilliantly by last year’s Best Actor winner and also a nominee this year, Jeff Bridges). She insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose overall sloth, drinking and what-not doesn’t detur her faith in him, as in her proclomation he has “true grit”. They’re joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf who wants the killer Chaney for his own reasons. This journey brings many surprises and danger around each turn and each character has their own “grit” put to the test. A masterful piece of work to add to the already impressive resume of directors Joel and Ethan Cohen.
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