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True Grit
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Directed By
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Written By:
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Charles Portis

Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, Domhnall Gleeson, Paul Rae, Elizabeth Marvel, Dakin Matthews, Nicholas Sadler, Ed Corbin, Joe Stevens, Bruce Green, Mike Watson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brian Brown, Mary Anzalone

True Grit (2010)
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Movie Review by Martin
February 20th, 2011

I was worried this was going to be one off those movies that everyone raves about but one that I just didn't get. I found myself reasonably enjoying it though so it's all good. My mate who I seen it with liked it too and he usually hates everything, so maybe it is worth the high praise it's getting this one.

Film sees a c*cky young girl hire Jeff Bridges to help her in finding the man who killed her father out in the lonely western desserts. Trouble is Bridges is a raging alcoholic, but also one off the best at what he does.

What got me about the film was that I didn't realise how much off the original I had actually seen. I thought I had only caught the end off the first one. But judging by this I seen most off it. As I knew what was coming through most off the movie. That is not too say that it is a poor remake. From what I've read it's more like the source material (the original book) than the John Wayne starring 60's Western was. Films saving grace (for me at least) was it's humour. Which is apparently the biggest piece that was missing from the previous adaption.

What everyones making a big deal about though is the films performances. Although I thought Bridges was OK in the shoes previously filled by Wayne, he's again playing a drunk, like in last years "Crazy heart" (Which I felt really WAS gloriously over-praised) and is hard too understand let alone watch at times. Surely Bridges can't win a second Oscar for once again acting intoxicated. If he does win then I deserve an Oscar for acting drunk every weekend. The Little girl in the film is the stand-out, and I was looking forward too Josh Brolins appearance too as the badguy. Although it is way too brief too make it one off the better parts off the flick.

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