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True Gritis a great unapologetic tale of the wiles of the wildwestThe openness of the prairie and the eloquent speech gavethe movie a true to era unique realness DP Roger Deakinsstunning cinematography is especially notable for the use ofsnow which adds an extra chill to those unlucky enough to becaught on the wrong side of a pistol The movie isnarratedthroughout by the adult Mattie Ross Mattie Ross played byfourteen year old Hailee Steinfield is new to film but youwouldnt know itshe gives an outstanding performance andisable to steal the screen from her more experienced co-starsJeff Bridges and Matt DamonMatt Damons character left me alittle underwhelmed However Id like to give an honorablemention to Barry Pepper who plays Lucky Ned Pepper Althoughhis screen time was short he makes a lasting impressionThe movie opens with Matties father being shot dead by hishired hand Tom Chaney for a horse and two California goldpieces Fourteen year old Mattie goes to the small rugged townof Fort Smith Ark to handle her fathers affairs From thetime she arrives the undertaker and then the man who owns thehorse stable tries to take advantage of her Matties wit andlegal knowledge allow her to let him know that she will not betaken advantage of she is not merely some little doe- eyedchild Matties next step in settlingher fathers affairs is tomake sure retribution is paid by hismurderer Mattie seeks out the roughest toughest US Marshallshe can find She finds Reuben Rooster Cogburn an agingalcohol one eyed man played by Jeff Bridges whose reputationfor shooting his prisoners makes him right for her cause Theyare joined on the trail by Texas ranger LaBoeuf who has beenchasing Chaney across Texas LaBoeuf tells Rooster he will spitthe bounty with him if he helps him bring Chaney back to Texasto pay for murdering a senator When
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