Saturday, December 25, 2010
If you haven't seen True Grit, you need to stop reading and buy a ticket right now. I mean it. If you're reading on, I'll be upset if you haven't bought a ticket already. Hands down, this is one of the best films of the year-- really fun and really well done: well-paced, well-written, and well-acted.
Before embarking on this adventure, I worried that this western (which one critic compared to Treasure Island-- WTF?) would be too contrived; but my worries were put to bed within the first 10 minutes of the film. The way in which Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld delivered their lines blew me away, each snarky remark perfectly timed and full of sincerity. (I could have done with or without Matt Damon-- he was clearly outshined by both his castmates.)
I was in the moment and along for the ride throughout the entire film, swept up by the story and charmed by the dialogue. However, the last 15 minutes of the film pull a flash-forward, which almost always bugs me on principle. But alas, it's a small complaint for such a great experience. I'm already excited to own this film, so I can repeatedly rewatch and chew on the dialogue some more.