True Grit (2010)

True Grit
Directed by Ethan and Joel Cohen
(number 482)

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.

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2 thoughts on “True Grit (2010)

  1. It’s not really fair to apply the Bechdel test to a film with essentially 3 speaking roles. I loved the film too – but I have a quibble:

    ” I love this movie because it’s a fantastic Western with a kick ass young female lead who takes no shit from the males.”

    That’s true, but they punish her in the coda by showing that she was incapable of change and incapable of forming a deep relationship with another human being. You’re allowed to be a strong female, provided you give up any claim to anything feminine. If they’d just finished the movie about 1 minute earlier, I don’t think it’d be a lesser film and it’d leave her future open to interpretation. It’s not a deal-breaker, obviously, but it’s like one of those amazing gymnastic routines where on the last jump the gymnast takes a step instead of a perfect landing.

    • That’s fair. I do find the coda to be problematic but I mostly deal with that by completely forgetting it exists and kind of tuning out while it plays. Avoidance doesn’t make it any less there though.

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