It's been a long time since anyone's made a really great Western, but the Coen Brothers' remake of True Grit is a terrific one. The first adapation of the novel by Charles Portis was more of a John Wayne vehicle, but this one is truer to the source and centers on Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld), who hires hard-bitten, hard-drinking US Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to help her find Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), her father's murderer. They end up in an uneasy partnership with Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon), who has his own reasons to pursue Chaney. The Coens get terrific contributions from their regular collaborators, cinematographer Roger Deakins and composer Carter Burwell (who based much of his score, very effectively, on the old hymn "Everlasting Arms:). Steinfeld, in her film debut (she was 13 at the time of filming), is terrific, a deserving Oscar nominee who holds her own with veterans like Bridges (also Oscar-nominated) and Brolin. If there's a weak link in the cast, it's Damon, who is no more than adequate, but that's a very small demerit to an otherwise wonderful film.
"May the hinges of friendship never rust, nor the wings of love lose a feather"--Scottish blessing