True Grit (2010)

For someone who claims to love westerns so much — and films by the Cohen brothers as well — you’d figure I’d have already seen this, but for some strange and unknown reason I hadn’t gotten around to it. I finally rectified this omission, and I’m sure glad I did. I think it was well received back when it originally came out, and it does deserve that praise. It’s a solid film, with a great cast — yeah, even dorky Matt Damon — that feels original because of the focus on the young girl out for revenge. It’s also interesting in that it’s a rare western that doesn’t include any encounters with Native Americans (although they get mentioned).