Movie Review – True Grit

Last night I went to see True Grit, and I have to say this is an amazing movie. I wasn't aware prior to seeing it that it was a remake of a 1969 John Wayne movie, but I'll be bumping that up to the top of my Netflix que to see how they compare.

The visuals are everything you'd want in a western wide open spaces as well as suitably gritty interior locations. For Malifaux players I'm sure you can glean some inspiration for scenery and terrain from this film. I particularly liked the use of snow in several of the scenes. It adds to the mood of the film without blanketing it in a frozen wasteland.

The dialogue is period accurate yet still feels witty and clever. Most period films either feel forced or will update the dialog to be current. Jeff Bridges does an excellent job in the role of Rooster Cogburn, adding just a touch of comedy to the hard drinking marshall's persona. His co-star Hailee Steinfeld is also great in the role of Mattie Ross. The chemistry between the two is classic.

I highly recommend checking this film out, it's a nice break from the overproduced all CGI productions that have been flooding theaters as of late. The film is relatively kid-freindly as well, so long as slightly graphic corpses don't cause your kids to have nightmares.