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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Beautifully simple qualityBy a customer , 05 Mar 2013Beautifully shot, well acted and a consistently paced quality film. As like the story - beautifully simple, with simple, solid, excellent dialogue. Quality.
Dull as ditchwaterBy a customer , 15 Feb 2013Slow and boring. barely managed to stay awake. Nothing really seems to happen. I'm sure the original was better than this rubbish
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True GritBy a customer , 12 Feb 2013Better than the original if I dare say so! A marvellous film - lots of atmosphere, rounded characterisation, tension and excitement. Great acting all round.
Very GrittyBy a customer , 03 Feb 2013Great Film and well worth renting. Its more Gritty than the John Wayne film, but I miss the Glen Campbell theme tune. (must be my liking of country music)
True gritBy a customer , 01 Feb 2013I really liked this, and definately preferred it to the John Wayne version. It is less 'sentimental' and I agree that they talk with a strange speech pattern, but I thought that was deliberate and intended to make the story more like a fable or a bible story. I'm surprised by the other reviews. I liked the allusions to the bible and 'the law' and lawless spaces, and the characters are well rounded. It is also very well-filmed and poetic with very striking and memorable imagery. I can't see why anyone wouldn't enjoy this.