A Good Bit of Western Grit with All the Trappings

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A Good Bit of Western Grit with All the Trappings


WHAT is it that makes western flicks so good?

Is it the starvation for revenge through any means possible, quirky and rustic characters? Or the unforgiving landscape they all set out in?

In the instance of True Grit, you can't have one without the other two to follow closely behind like shadows.

Following the murder of her father by Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), 14-year-old stubborn farm girl Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) sets out to capture the killer. (Part A; Revenge)

To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with C[pounds sterling]true gritC[yen] so to speak: Reuben J. C[pounds sterling]RoosterC[yen] Cogburn (Jeff Bridges).

Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, who's drinking, sloth, and generally reprobate character do not augment her faith in him. (Hence Part B; Quirky and Rustic Character)

Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek (Part C; unforgiving landscape) into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. …

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