Now Showing: True Grit

Confession: I don’t do well with Westerns. And maybe that sentence makes no sense to you. But I’m thinking that the majority of people reading this review also conjure up images of confusing plotlines, boring shootouts, and racism when they hear the word “Western.” And if those generalizations don’t prove to you that I am not an expert on the genre, you can ask my TA from film class last semester and I’m sure he will tell you that my paper on Westerns last semester was…less than impressive.
But, all that being said, I loved True Grit.
In True Grit, a fourteen-year-old girl (Hailee Steinfeld) enlists the help of a U.S. Marshal (Jeff Bridges) to avenge her father’s death, with the on-and-off help of a Texas Ranger (Matt Damon). My love for this film probably had everything to do with the Coen brothers’ directing, the acting, and the actual worthwhile message.
Westerns, as I mentioned, can get redundant. I mean, how many times have you seen a Western in which partners are chasing down a criminal on the run in order to get much-needed revenge? But the innovativeness that is the Coen brothers’ directing livens up the classic Western. There are some great shots; I actually lost myself in the beautiful directing sometimes and had to refocus myself on the plot.
The acting was equally as lovely as the directing. The film is getting considerable Oscar buzz; Bridges and Steinfeld should definitely receive nominations for their performances. Bridges, who won Best Actor last year for another excellent performance in Crazy Heart, never ceases to amaze — and his work in True Grit is no exception. He is exactly what he needs to be at every given time, whether that is a complete bad ass, comic relief, or surprisingly considerate. As for fourteen-year-old Steinfeld (she was born in 1996 and already so much cooler than me!), she will definitely be a force to be reckoned with after this, her breakout role. She is completely believable as strong, smart, and articulate Mattie Ross.
And speaking of Steinfeld, she contributes to the amazing message that the film has to offer. And yes, I am referring to a certain girl power angle, but trust me when I say that the film is much more subtle than the Spice Girls when it comes to its moral.
…Now that I think of it, does Steinfeld even know who the Spice Girls are? Because that is an existence I don’t even want to think about.
So what do you think? Have you seen True Grit, yet? Oscar worthy?
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