Molly at The Bumbles Blog hosts the weekly Monday Movie Meme.
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I was lucky enough to have seen several good movies this year, but I think the best had to be the True Grit remake. The story centers on a 14-year-old girl, Mattie Ross, who comes to town to claim the body of her father, who was shot by his hired man, Tom Chaney.
Mattie browbeats the undertaker, the hired man and the stable owner where her father's horses were kept, and walks away from both with undoubtedly shrewd deals. With her father's burial managed and money in her pocket, she sets off about her next order of business: she wants to hunt down Tom Chaney and bring him back to hang for her father's murder. To do that, she needs the meanest marshall in town, Reuben "Rooster" Cogburn.
Cogburn takes more convincing than the undertaker or stable owner, but eventually the two set off, with a Texas Ranger, also on the hunt for Chaney, tagging along.
There was a lot of recognition for young Hailee Streitfeld in this movie, and it was well-deserved. She easily holds her own alongside the likes of Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and Matt Damon. The movie was well-acted and dramatic, with some definite deviations from the John Wayne version of the movie.
Honorable mentions to The Social Network and The King's Speech, both of which were far more compelling than they had any right to be.
Now we have to do one about the biggest disappointment of the year.