Documentaries, cowboys and super-hero doctors: films and TV (#SFWApro)

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True Grit - Hailee SteinfeldTRUE GRIT (2010) is the Coen Brothers’ remake of the John Wayne classic with Jeff Bridges as the grizzled drunk Rooster Cogburn, Hailee Steinfeld as the stubbornly determined girl who recruits Rooster to catch her father’s killer (Josh Brolin) and Matt Damon as a Texas Ranger hunting Brolin for unrelated crimes. This is a remarkably straight Western compared to what I’d expect from the Coens, and overall very good. Bridges, of course, has the advantage that not being Wayne, he can disappear into the part in a way Wayne never could, though I never felt the same Bond between him and Mattie that I did with the original. Steinfeld is awesome, though I find the ending rather flat, with the adult Mackie showing none of the presence of her younger self. Overall a winner, though. “If they wanted to be buried, they should have died in the summer.”

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