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The Coen Brothers try to recreate the magic of John Wayne in this remake of the Duke’s Oscar role.

True Grit had a lot to live up to from the beginning and it brings it. The Coen Brothers latest film is a highly entertaining western that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Jeff Bridges brushes off the weak Tron script with a witty performance as “Rooster” Cogburn while newcomer Hailee Steinfeld steals the show in the role of Mattie Ross. Actually it’s tough to analyze each performance because each person comes up big for this movie. Matt Damon gives a hilarious portrayal of LaBoeuf who when on the screen can command and show why he is easily one of the best in the business. But the headline performance is Jeff Bridges as Cogburn. He doesn’t outdo the Duke but at the same time he gives a performance that keeps you talking long after. He shows why the last few years he has emerged as an award touting juggernaut in the acting realm. The scenery is beautiful as usual the Coen Brothers have you in awe over the landscape and with many panoramic shots that will glisten in blu-ray. It’s a crime that this wasn’t nominated for a Golden Globe because True Grit is a top 5 film of 2010. The film carries it’s weight with a fantastically written script that sticks to the original as well as performances that create an amazing movie.

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