Plot: A Coen Brothers-directed remake of the 1969 film starring John Wayne, “True Grit” finds Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) and LeBeouf (Matt Damon) on the trail of an outlaw (Josh Brolin) accused of murdering the father of the feisty youngin’, Maddy, played endearingly by the precocious Hailee Steinfeld. Hijinks promptly ensue as the surly, alcoholic Cogburn immediately clashes with pompous LeBeouf – with often hilarious results. Particularly memorable is a scene featuring a drunken, one-eyed Cogburn attempting to shoot corn cakes tossed into the sky.
Perks: True Grit was wildly successful both at the box office and in the eyes of the critics, grossing north of $170 million in North America and garnering 10 ten Academy Award nominations. Widely hailed as one of the best Western films to emerge from Hollywood in years, True Grit offered audiences a winning combination of star power and old-fashioned entertainment. Featuring a bevy of memorable one-liners and thrilling action sequence after thrilling action sequence, this 2010 remake proved that reports of the Western film genre's demise were greatly exaggerated, indeed.