True Grit details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges, Barry Pepper, Domhnall Gleeson, Elizabeth Marvel, Hailee Steinfeld|
|Directors:||Ethan Coen, Joel Coen|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||Award Winners 2011, June - Drama/Thriller, June New Releases, Summer 2011 Releases, The Biggest and Best, Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
|Run time:||1 hour 50 minutes|
|Rental release:||13 Jun 2011|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
The Coens return with their reinterpretation of Charles Portis' novel True Grit, with 14-year-old newcomer Hailee Steinfeld impressive as Mattie Ross.
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A classic western in the old styleBy JCPHankins (57 reviews) from London , 02 Feb 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]This really is a straight down the line honest to goodness western in the old style i.e. 50's and 60's. Unsurprising because its based on an old John Wayne film but surprising that the Coen brothers haven't put more of their own style in.
There are visual Coen flourishes (including two lovely widescreen shots as the characters travel) as well as the recycling of several previously used actors although the standout is Hailee Steinfeld as the feisty little girl. There is some great banter-like dialogue between her and a number of the male staff which really does add a lightness to the film. Matt Damon continues his rise with an excellent representation of a vain but 'fish out of water' Texas ranger whilst Barry Pepper is the great sheepskin wearing baddy with honour in his heart.
A lot of the talk has been about Jeff Bridges first return to the Coens since playing 'The Dude'. I forsee a problem for Jeff in that he has now played two drunken layabouts with hearts of gold within the space of 2 years 'type-casting'?? His chewy tone, added to the need to appear drunk does render him incomprehensible occasionally, which isn't great, but you don't miss much of the story.
This is an enjoyable film with a few flaws but I'd say its for a specialist audience i.e. one that likes their westerns. its not going to convert people on its own to either the Coens or new fans but for those that do, its a good solid film.
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What a gem and Bridges is a diamond!By Janeekins (27 reviews) from Banbury , 11 Nov 2013A really strong tale very well told. Visually dramatic with a few tricks up it's sleeve and a central performance from the young actress who plays Mattie that fizzes off the screen. Matt Damon is unrecognisable and all the better for that and Bridges plays up a strom. One to see more than once, you spot things you missed the first time around. Another Cohen delight!
Wow, wowBy a customer , 14 Sep 2013Generally I like Coen brothers films, especially Fargo and No Country For Old Men, both of which I think are superb films, but this one . . .
I avoided it for a long time because I'd seen, and enjoyed, the 1969 film. In my opinion it was the best film John Wayne ever made. But . . . This is unbelievable! It is a heart-wrenching film, one of those that as the credits roll up at the end I turn to my wife and with a slightly shaky voice say 'Excuse me, I need the bathroom', you all know what I mean,
It's wonderfully acted, set, filmed and directed. I could watch it again tomorrow, and probably will because after renting it I went out and bought it. If you haven't seen it, please do.
I'd give it 6 stars if I could
Top Cowboy MovieBy a customer , 26 Aug 2013Top notch Cowboy. The girl steals the show with some great lines. Better than the John Wayne version. I would recommend this as a good night at the movies
Took me back to being a kid watching the Sunday afternoon Western on TvBy NOGOODBOYO (20 reviews) , 30 Jul 2013I loved this film and even my wife who hates Cowboy films agreed with me. A brilliant remake by the Cohen brothers and a strong superb performance from Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn (played by John Wayne in the original). Not sure if the naysayers reviewing here were watching the same film as me, but I thought this was fantastic. See it and judge for yourself.
Characters with depthBy a customer , 10 Jun 2013This was the best film I've seen all year. I was a big fan of Fargo and this reminded me of that film insofar as the plot is a little bit quirky and the characters have a bit of depth.