4/9/2012 True Grit

Family movie night! My sister and brother-in-law invited me over to watch a movie and pig out on leftover Easter candy. This movie is currently on Netflix instant view. Yes, it is a remake, but I have not seen the original so I cannot compare them.

Note to Mom and people who hate snakes: Do not watch this movie and/or be prepared to cover your eyes.

True Grit starts a little slow with some legalese talk. A man is shot and his young daughter seeks revenge and settles his accounts. She hires Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges,) a U.S. Marshall, to help her, but he turns her down. Then a Texas Ranger, LaBoeuf (Matt Damon), tracks Maddie, the daughter, down because he too is looking for Tom Chaney. She doesn’t agree to help him. After another visit to the Marshall, she convinces him to help her and they agree to leave the next day. Rooster takes off without Maddie, but she is stubborn and takes off after him. She crosses a river on a horse, and joins Rooster and LaBoeuf on the other side. They ride together for a while but after an argument, LaBoeuf takes off. Rooster and Maddie ride on and come upon a hanged man and then they find a cabin with two people holed up. The two guys know Tom Chaney and they try to get information from them, but they start fighting and before you know it, they are both dead. Just after Rooster and Maddie leave the cabin, LaBoeuf shows up, followed by several armed men on horseback, aiming to kill.

This movie used the hymn, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” throughout its entirety, which I loved. There’s quite a bit of violence for a PG-13 rating. There’s a few awkward scenes between LaBoeuf and Maddie. He tries to spank her and it just seems weird. Rooster has to fire a shot to make him stop. The way everyone talks in this movie is slightly confusing. Bridges shows great depth to his gruff Marshall character. Maddie (Hailee Steinfeld) portrays a head strong young girl very well. And even though LaBoeuf’s hair and mustache are slightly ridiculous, I still liked him, also he’s a Texas Ranger so we all know he’s watching. (“When you’re in Texas look behind you, cause that’s where the Ranger’s gonna be,” Walker, Texas Ranger theme song.) 16, because it’s pretty graphic for a PG-13 rating, B.



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