True Grit (2010)

“I mean to kill you in one minute, Ned!”

Ask a man to step into the role that won John Wayne his Oscar, you better choose right, and once again the Coen brothers score big.

Jeff Bridges, with a few more burrs under his saddle than during his days as The Dude, is note-perfect, and he’s matched by Hailee Steinfeld, who delivers a knockout debut performance.

He’s a thoroughly-soused lawman with a still-deadly gun, she’s a revenge-seeking farm girl.

The result is a film which copped 10 richly-deserved Oscar nominations.

That it lost to the very-pedestrian The King’s Speech? Bullpucky.

 

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