You already know the story from the 1969 John Wayne version, so why would you watch the 2010 remake? For one thing, there’s the Coen brothers’ trademark gift for dialog, which fleshes out the characters as well as advancing the story. Then there’s Jeff Bridges cementing his status as one of this generation’s foremost actors as the unapologetically unpleasant Rooster Cogburn. And Matt Damon as Cogburn's overly earnest and profoundly unwanted sidekick. And the increasingly impressive Josh Brolin as the inarticulate thug they seek. And perhaps most impressively, newcomer Hailee Steinfeld as the fast-talking, passive-aggressively intimidating Mattie. At times somewhat violent, this version can also be quite funny. I wouldn’t say this is the best Coen brothers movie, since the tone of the last scene didn’t feel right to me, but True Grit is an entertaining and fascinating film.

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