Based on a Charles Portis novel, “True Grit” was previously adapted for the big screen as a John Wayne vehicle in 1969, earning Wayne his only career Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Not surprisingly, the Coen Bros. — the filmmaking forces behind “Blood Simple,” “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men” — opted for a darker tone, hewing closer to the novel than the ’69 flick. Get a taste of their vision (complete with a healthy dose of their signature deadpan humor) in the clips below.
“True Grit” tells the story of 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Steinfeld), a strong-willed girl bent on bringing to justice the man (Brolin) who murdered her father. To this end, she hires a booze-loving, trigger-happy, one-eyed U.S. Marshal named Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn to help hunt the culprit down. With smart-mouthed Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (pronounced LaBeef) accompanying them, they set off on an odyssey across the frontier that brings them into conflict with both outlaws and each other.
One of the best films of 2010 (you can see where it ranks on our list of the top 10 movies of the year tomorrow), “True Grit” features award-worthy performances from the always reliable Bridges and Damon, as well as a star-making turn by Steinfeld, holding her own against these established vets in her big-screen debut. In theaters December 22, “True Grit” is filmmaking at its finest.
Are you excited for “True Grit”? And, if you’ve seen it, what did you think?