I don’t understand the frenzy of critical praise for True Grit. Did the critics drink some kind of tainted water? I’m here to tell you save your $10, $12, $14—whatever it is they charge in your hometown for a movie these days and watch this one on DVD. I have not seen the original version with John Wayne, nor have I read the book, so I’m judging the movie strictly on its own merit. I’m also a huge fan of Westerns.

Don’t get me wrong, I like this movie but people are acting like it’s the second coming of Christ. The less hysterical reality is this is a classic revenge story told from the point of view of 14-year-old Mattie Ross who is out to avenge her father’s murder at the hands of brutal killer, Tom Chaney. Mattie is brought to life by Hailee Steinfeld, also 14-years-old, in a performance that does deserve all the praise and attention it’s received. She is the heart of the movie and completely owns the screen from beginning to end. Continue reading »

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