Joel and Ethan Coen (writers and directors) (based on a novel by Charles Portis) True Grit / 2010
If I have several times in these pages chided the Coen brothers for their sophomoric cynicism and exaggerated characterizations of the human species, I have also noted time and again their brilliant gifts as directors, particularly when they work, as they have here and as they did in No Country for Old Men, with pre-existing sources. In both cases the sensibilities of the authors nicely match the Coens' viewpoints. But the darkness of these films are far more profound than the shallow nose-thumbings that often occur in the Coen’s more comic works.
Los Angeles, New Year’s Day, 2011