U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Bridges) helps 14 year old Mattie Ross (Steinfeld) track down her father’s murderer Tom Chaney (Brolin). With the help of Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Damon).
Mattie wants Rooster for the job as he is a man of real true grit, she seems much smarter and wiser than her years. Managing to get her way with men, something very remarkable for a girl of her young years. She does not take no for an answer when she has something in her head.
Rooster who seems to drink slightly too much and does not get along with LaBoeuf for very long. After coming to arguments over their differences in the way they conduct their business. Mattie tries to calm to the tension between the two when it gets over heated.
This is a story of retribution and how far Mattie will go to avenge her father’s killing. She really will stop at nothing to see him brought back from the Indian country to be hanged for killing her father, or killing him herself. This encourages her to do somethings which you would never expect a girl to do. Like wanting to go with Cogburn and LaBoeuf. But she really shows that she also has true grit.
I found this film to have some truly beautiful shots, especially when Mattie and Cogburn were riding across the land. Something showing that this was a Coen brothers film. I have to admit that I have not seen many Westerns but I have liked each one of them I have seen and this was no different. I really did enjoy it, as it has something for everyone. Cogburn had some very funny moments and lines throughout the film, this seemed to take off the edge at times which I thought was a very good method of showing it is not all doom and gloom.
The performance from Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie really does completely blow you away, such an incredible performance for her age. Holding her own and even stealing scenes from Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon would not have been an easy task at all. But she really is the heart of the film and very strange for her just to be nominated for actress in a supporting role at the Oscars! Being her first feature film as well makes it an even more incredible performance.
Jeff Bridges is incredible as the drunken, mumbling Rooster Cogburn who can shoot better than anyone can actually believe. Bridges really has been pulling out the performances in recent years. Dare I say this performance may be better than his Oscar winner role in Crazy Heart?
The more supporting roles were also very well acted which helped with the main roles. Matt Damon was very good in this film as well, especially when he had to talk as though his tongue was nearly bit off! Josh Brolin for me always manages to be creepy, and it was spot on for this role. Even though he actually has very limited screen time.
Overall the tale of retribution for a young girl over her father’s death really is hard-hitting and emotional, as you want to see her smile again. You want her to know that Chaney got what was deserved. I have to admit that I thought the ending, going forward so many years was slightly unnecessary as we did not need that flash forward in my opinion.