100 Words or Less: True Grit

Release Date: December 22, 2010 (Wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Hailee Steinfield

Though the Coens turned this classic western into something of a screwball comedy, True Grit still feels like their most accessible work to date. Don’t let my description of the film as “audience-friendly” deter you, though; it is still an intriguing and well-written story packed with dynamic characters. And although the source novel’s author, Charles Portis, gets credit for much of the film’s narrative strength, it is Joel and Ethan’s signature wit and great performances from the always-impressive Bridges and Damon – along with a star-making turn from newcomer Steinfield – which make the brothers’ latest especially worthwhile.

Topics: 100 Words Or Less, Ethan Coen, Hailee Steinfield, Jeff Bridges, Joel Coen, Josh Brolin, Matt Damon, The Coen Brothers, True Grit

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