Theater III: True Grit (2010)

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Theater III: True Grit (2010)

This week we’re taking another trip back to the Old West with The Coen Brothers’ 2010 remake of True Grit.  This story follows 14 year old Mattie Ross as she sets out to see her father’s killer brought to justice.  With the aid of Deputy U.S. Marshal Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn and Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, Mattie tracks the killer and his gang across the Indian Territory of Arkansas and to their mountain hideout.  In the end, Mattie gets her revenge but is bitten by a venomous snake and has to be quickly carried back to civilization by Rooster Cogburn.  This is a wonderful film that was released to much critical acclaim.  The back and forth between Cogburn and LaBoeuf sets the tone for their relationship throughout the film.  Who played a better Rooster Cogburn, Jeff Bridges or John Wayne?  How spectacular is Hailee Steinfeld in this film?  Can you believe this was her first major film role, at age 13?  What are the chances the Coens will make a remake of Rooster Cogburn?  This movie is great and if you haven’t watched the 1969 original make sure you check that out as well.