Over the Holidays, Vince Coleman had the opportunity to take in the film “True Grit.”
As a long time fan of Coen Brother greats such as Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski, and No Country for Old Men, Vince Coleman was excited to see what he predicted to be a “Coen Brothers style” Western. Boy, was Vince Coleman wrong. I was wrong like my agent when he told me “this will all blow over,” and wrong like my boy Phil in ’93 when he brought me that 9 iron into the clubhouse. This film is a classically structured Western!
True Grit is the story of Mattie Ross, (Hailee Steinfeld) a precocious 14 year old girl (and the films narrator) hellbent on obtaining justice for her murdered father. She retains Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to track and capture Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin [who potentially beat up on Diane Lane, who is his wife and is real fine] ), the murderer. Ross chooses Cogburn, a slovenly curmudgeon whom she is told possess “True Grit.” Both Steinfeld and Bridges will likely receive oscar nods.
Against Cogburn’s wishes, Mattie insists on accompanying him on his journey into the “Indian Nation” in search of Chaney. They are joined by Ben Affleck’s dear friend Matt Damon, who plays Texas Ranger LaBoeuf. Along the way, with no shortage of classic Western surprises and trademark Coen Brother’s dialogue, all three learn a lesson in “True Grit.”
This film is a remake of the 1969 John Wayne film of the same name. It shares little in common with anything the Coen brothers have released to date. True Grit is quite simply a Western made to Coen Brother’s standards. I found it to be very entertaining and artfully made with as many laughs as any “comedy” I’d seen lately.
I gave it 4 out of 4 Stolen Bases!