True Grit

After her farmer father is murdered, Mattie, 14, smart and determined, hires marshal Rooster Cogburn, more or less against his will, to track the killer down in the Indian Nation. Rooster might not be 100% letter-of-the-law himself but he has ‘true grit’ and can shoot straight (usually) even when crosseyed drunk. Slightly insecure Texas ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) and his facial hair join the party.

This is classic, good-natured Western fare, the cast is excellent, and the Coen brothers tell the story straight. The ending is a bit tacked-on, but it’s an enjoyable canter to get there. 9/10

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