True Grit – ***

Posted: February 19, 2011 in USA, Western, XXX

I’m not a fan of the Coen brothers. I think they are incredibly overrated. That movie they won Oscars for was terrible. So when I started watching this flick, I kind of feared for the worse. The intentional overacting. The over the top weird side characters. The zooming in and out. They are, as usual, all there. The interrogation scene at the court in the beginning of the movie is so Coenesque. You either like it or you don’t. (I didn’t) But then the adventure starts and you want to know what’s going to happen. Until the very last minute. A movie that can captivate my attention until the end is a good movie. Period. It helps of course to see magnificent landscapes. The cinematography is awesome. And it also helps that Jeff Bridges does an excellent job as the Marshal and that Matt Damon is kind of funny as a Texas Ranger loser. But it’s still Matt Damon though. He can’t help being Matt Damon in movies.

The story in case you haven’t read anything about this movie before: a 14y old girl hires a Marshall to get the outlaw who killed her father. She not only pays him well, she also wants to escort him in the Indian Territories where the killer presumably fled to. They get the unwanted help of a Texas Ranger who’s also on the hunt for the killer. And in the mean time they encounter all the wild west clichés possible. I actually really liked this movie.

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