True Grit is a western thriller staring Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld, directed by the Coen brothers, one of my favorite pairs of directer who take a fairly unrealistic story and make it realistic, which is due partly to the amazing acting and of course the brilliant directing of the two brothers. 

After the murder of her father by the nefarious thug Tom Chaney, 14-year-old Mattie Ross sets out with a vengeance. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with “true grit,” Ruben J. “Rooster” Cogburn. Mattie insists on being with Cogburn as he brings Chaney in. Against his wishes, she accompanies him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texan Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for some of his prior crimes. The unlikely trio constantly battle with one another but eventually realize then need each other to bring him in.

Hailee Steinfeld (who plays Mattie Ross) is astounding in this roll. she really makes you Believe that a 14 year old girl really could be that mature and strong willed back in the 18 hundreds. her confidence is only matched by her quick wit, which allows for her to have some of the funnier moments in the film. Jeff bridges (Ruben J Cogburn) is, as always, simply amazing to watch, his character though a drunkard and a sloth, has a golden heart  , which is often thought of as a cliche nowadays, but  Jeff Bridges pulls this character off so well, you don’t see him as a character you see him as a real person simply trying to deal with situations as they come. Matt Damon (LaBoeuf) is a “rough” Texas ranger, who though you know he is a real ranger ad has been following Chaney for some time, has several moments where you really question his competence. From the first step he and Jeff Bridges character don’t get along but, the Coen bros give you inkling that his skill will be necessary in the third act.

Which brings me on to the brilliant, and yet strange directing style that the Coen brothers do so well. this movie blends the modern realism and “gore” with the classic western style. for example no gun is fired until one hour in. now some people may think this is a bad thing but it isn’t because the story up until then was not only gripping but necessary, as the film would not have left such an impact if we had not formed as much of a bond with the characters as we did. with that being said the first instance of violence is a mans fingers being chopped of by a butter knife like object, which is swiftly followed by a mans brains being blown across a wall. though the violence can be disgusting at times, it doesn’t seem unneeded or unrealistic, for example if a man  bites his tongue because he falls of his horse there is going to be a lot of blood. this is a trait in most Coen bros  movies that is almost Tarantino like. in the fact that there is always enough blood without making you disgusted but also enough that you don’t think “hey where’s all the blood”. though ot all of the movie makes this much sense, for example there is a character whose only purpose is to make animal noises, he was introduced and i thought they were going to explain his origins, like “he’s my mentally disabled brother” or “oh thats larry just ignore him and he will stop” but there is nothing, not 10 min after he is introduced he is killed. 

Personally, i loved this film, the mixture of brilliant acting and astounding directing makes this my one of my favorite movie i have ever seen in a theater. and i give it 5 Jeff Bridges out of 5. i would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the Coen brothers, or westerns, or action movies, of Jeff  Bridges, or if you just generally like good movies.