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True Grit December 31, 2010
True Grit
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Rating: PG-13 for some intense sequences of western violence including disturbing images.

Many people probably thought "True Grit" didn't need to be remade. After all, John Wayne owned the role of Rooster Cogburn in the late 60s version, winning his only Oscar for Best Actor.

But the Coen Brothers decided to take another crack at this western tale of vengeance and justice.

Joel and Ethan Coen wrote and directed the new version of "True Grit." Jeff Bridges stars as boozy, shoot first and ask questions later U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn.

He's approached by a young girl named Mattie Ross. She wants Cogburn to track down and bring to justice the man who murdered her father. But more than that, she wants to tag along.

Rooster objects, but Mattie wins the argument..and she and Cogburn hit the trail, joined by Matt Damon's Texas Ranger named LaBoeuf. They run into trouble and the ranger is shot...which leads to an argument between the two lawmen.

They settle their differences and eventually track down the murderer and his gang for a final showdown.

I love the original "True Grit." And I love this one too. Bridges plays Cogburn differently than Wayne did...but there's plenty of room for both interpretations.

The Coen's script is tight with snappy wordplay. The soundtrack evokes the old west with the music filling up the screen. And the pictures of the barren landscape are gorgeous.

Bridges is great as Cogburn..and should get an Oscar nomination. Damon is equally good as the ranger...but the true revelation here is Hailee Steinfeld. She is absolutely perfect as the stubborn girl who won't give up until her father's murderer is caught.

"True Grit" is a classic western with a modern feel. It's a great film...

On my rating scale, "True Grit" earns a HOME RUN. It's one of the best movies of the year.

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