This movie is a remake of the John Wayne classic from 1969. This one follows the original very closely, and even though I enjoyed the original, I liked this version better! Seemed like all I heard about when this came out were the big names in it like Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin. Not to say they weren’t good, but, Hailee Steinfeld, who plays Mattie Ross, completely stole the show. She blew me away (no pun intended!). She plays a very headstrong, sharp tongued young girl who will stop at nothing to find her father’s killer and avenge his death. After asking around, she decides Rooster Cogburn is the man to help her find the killer – he has a reputation as the meanest Marshall there is – pitiless and double tough with no fear – a man with “true grit.” After agreeing to terms, they set out to track down Tom Chaney and have many adventures along the way. Both characters seemed to be what the other needed at the time and came to know and care about each other through their journey. You could tell he had softened quite a bit by the end of the film and they had made a special connection that would last a lifetime.