Directed by Ethan and Joel Cohen
When I first saw this movie I loved it instantly. I told my mum about it and she said the original was one of the movies she went on a date with my dad too… so good. I love this movie because it’s a fantastic Western with a kick ass young female lead who takes no shit from the males. Well, unless she’s forced to.
Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges do excellently in this film but it’s Hailee Steinfeld who carries the movie, and she does it in an extremely competent manner. Her character is driven by revenge and she hires Rooster to come along and help her, LeBeouf comes along because it’s his job to track down the criminal as a Texas Ranger.
The film is an adventure, a journey, and beautifully filmed, beautifully acted. It’s melancholy but it’s also extraordinarily funny, lots of good lines. Especially once LeBeouf gets a tongue injury and Matt Damon has to act around the speech impediment.
Does it make me love the people? Definitely. Despite rocky beginnings the actions of Rooster and LeBeouf to protect Matty are heartwarming and Matty herself is an epic character. I adore her.
Bechdel test: Yeah, Matty speaks to the Boarding House Landlady about needing somewhere to sleep and later, complaining about Grandma Turner’s snoring.
Best line: “Never doubt a Texas Ranger! Ever Stalwart!”
State of Mind: Satisfied indeed. This movie is excellent on every viewing.