This week’s Saturday movie will be an old favorite in new clothing. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, this 2010 remake of the classic John Wayne western, TRUE GRIT (110 minutes, PG-13), directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, is widely regarded as clearly superior to the original film. The movie features Jeff Bridges, Hailee Stienfeld, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin in the lead roles and each gives a superb performance.
In the story, Mattie Ross is determined to avenge her father's death by capturing Tom Chaney, the roustabout who shot and killed her old man for money and two pieces of gold. Just 14, the audacious Mattie enlists Rooster Cogburn, a one-eyed, trigger happy U.S. Marshall with an affinity for the bottle, and handsome Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, to catch Chaney. The two law-men form a partnership of sorts dedicated to help Mattie achieve retribution. Spectacular scenery and crisp dialog are featured in this splendid, wild west shoot-em-up.
Please join us for this memorable film. TRUE GRIT will screen in the library’s South Meeting Room at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 24, 2012.
For a 3.5-star review of TRUE GRIT, see the entry on Reel Reviews.