true grit.

a lot like molasses…in a good way, mostly. Rich, full of flavor and slow-moving. Honestly, must say didn’t necessarily feel like a Coen Brothers film but that’s okay, they’re allowed that. I think this film was that pet project that was something dear to their hearts, something they’ve always wanted to make but never had the time for and finally the timing was right so they went for it. It’s probably their homage to all the westerns they’ve ever loved and adored growing up. There wasn’t much gratuitous blood shed or dark psychotic breakdowns often seen in a typical Coen Brothers film, it was a pretty straight forward and stayed on a narrow path. A young girl, Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) is looking to venge her father’s death and enlists the help of Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to help catch and kill the murderer, Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin). Mattie and Rooster are joined by LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) who wants to capture Chaney alive for his own reasons. There really isn’t any depth to the story besides these few simple lines. It was a little frustrating because I wanted the plot to twist and the story to turn in such a way that would heed to these helmers. But like I said, it’s cool, I think the Coen Brothers made the movie for themselves and I guess I would too if I were in their position. I think Hailee Steinfeld did a great job, she really stood her own against these heavyweights but I wasn’t completely blown away by her performance. Matt Damon was fine… He was a subdued version of himself, but then again his character had no real substance so maybe there wasn’t much to work with. Same thing with Josh Brolin, he did fine but his character was boring, which was a little disappointing because we waited forever to finally see this villain and it just fell flat. Overall, this film was really all about Jeff Bridges, who played a spaghetti westernized version of The Dude. He was fantastic in this role as Rooster and he garnered all of the laughs in the entire film. It’s worth watching but just be warned that it doesn’t hold a candle to the Coen collection of epicness.

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