True Grit (2010) was absolutely mind-blowing.
I started it last night (which was a work-night) at 11:30PM. I didn't want to delay it any longer, even if it causes me to get 5 hours of sleep for the next work day. I'm currently paying for this decision right now.
Even though I was fairly intoxicated from getting back from a meeting that was stationed at a bar, here were my reactions:
I was simply mind blown.
The soundtrack was absolutely phenomenal. Simple, but yet eloquent and fitting.
The cinematography was phenomenal. This really helps drive the notion that 2.35:1 is the way to go for epic movies such as these. Especially with anamorphic lenses.
The message is universal. This isn't strickly a "western" movie. This movie can apply to any viewer, and any age.
The acting was phenomenal. Every character was believable and offered something to the table.
The characters are complex and engaging. Bridges' character, which is somewhat of an anti-hero, can be talked about in a long discussion because he was written extremely well.
I almost cried at the end.
Several scenes were funny (spanking, "abides", drunken food shooting, etc). Yet several other scenes were breathtaking (snake bite) and exciting (Bridges kicking tons of ass with his rifle). I loved the accents. The dialogue at times were a little hard to understand, but it didn't effect any of the messages that were said.
This movie deserves no less than a 9/10. This made it into my few top western favorites.