Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with “true grit,” Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn. Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose drinking, sloth, and generally reprobate character do not augment her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and surprises on the journey, and each has his or her “grit” tested. Written by Jim Beaver
True Grit is a remake of the original that starred Kim Darby, John Wayne and Glen Campbell. This one stars Jeff Bridges as the grizzled Rooster Cogburn and Matt Damon in the Glen Campbell, Texas Ranger role and Josh Brolin as the bad guy. This one is really a delight. It’s got sentiment to it. It’s got a sense of humor. It’s got the sense that all concerned are really having a good time so we get to have a really good time as well. And the kid who plays the kid staring role is adorable. She’s smart and sassy and doesn’t once refer to somebody’s head as a head of lettuce. This one really cooks. It was a delight, was a surprise, and I’m not one of those people that thinks remakes need to be done. This one was adorable. Four stars.