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True Grit
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True Grit- The 2010 remake of a John Wayne classic based on a serial by Charles Portis is exciting, but nothing like what I expected based on the hype.

The story is about a smart, headstrong, fourteen year old girl named Mattie Ross who seeks to avenge the death of her father. Miss Ross, played by Hailee Steinfeld, enlists the help of a drunk, old Marshall called Rooster Cogburn, played by Jeff Bridges. They're joined on and off by a Texas Ranger called LeBoeuf, played by Matt Damon. Mattie Ross defies everyone's opinion that she's just a little girl and can't handle herself, and sets off headlong into Indian territory to go after her father's killer, Tom Chaney, played by Josh Brolin.

What surprised me most about this movie is how in the trailers and reviews it was largely portrayed as a Jeff Bridges movie, when quite clearly Mattie Ross was the main character. To be honest, I wasn't entirely wowed by Jeff Bridge's performance. I'm told he played the role similarly to John Wayne in the original movie, but someone who had never seen the original would come away with only the impression that he was hard to understand.

I was then absolutely shocked to find that Jeff Bridges was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actor in a Leading Role for his supporting role in this film, and Hailee Steinfeld was only nominated as Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her lead part. That seem incredibly biased. It made me wonder if other people had been watching the same movie I had.

As far as I could tell, Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon had about the same part to play in the movie: their characters were seeking Tom Chaney, interested in reward, and ended up assisting Mattie Ross on her mission of vengeance. Why is it that in the awards the young actress was demoted and the old actor was promoted? It seems like credit should be given where credit is due. Hailee Steinfeld should have been nominated for best leading actress as her portrayal of the main character was wonderful and deserved it.

Overall the movie was good. It was fairly short compared to other modern Westerns, but it was a good movie. It was not as epic as the hype made it sound, but there was plenty of action and adventure. It had a very different focus than I was expecting, but I believe that made it more enjoyable. 

It was a good movie and a fairly basic western. I'm glad I saw it, but I wouldn't be rushing out to buy myself a copy.

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