True Grit is, apart from being a movie with the same name as a much older movie... that I have yet to watch, a Western depicting the story of a fourteen year young girl on her adventurous quest to, together with a quarreling old Marshall and a young Texas Ranger, find the man who killed her father and have him hanged.
For a fourteen year old, shes a very convicted (not to mention convincing) young gal, and though these two men at first refuse to take her with them, they eventually realize they have no choice. The adventure is at times not very eventful, at times very eventful, and the whole movie plays out at a steady, somewhat slow, yet surprisingly not at all boring pace.
All the way until the end it's a pretty normal Western, with plenty of interesting characters, action, drama, tension... but that all changes when they actually reach the villain and she chooses to shoot him dead, which causes her to fall back from the recoil, get bitten by a snake and loose one arm. Which in turn is probably what keeps her from getting married, and makes her what young folks like to call a bitter widow (or something like that). When the chase is over, the epilogue begins, the more emotional part of the movie, and I don't know... maybe I'd rather they left that part out. Without it, I'd be much more satisfied over how it all ends. Though it's a good watch regardless, good Westerns are rare in modern-day, best savor them when there's opportunity for it.
rated 3/5: not bad