The One Movie You Should See This Week (12/23/10)

by Andrew Osborne

It’s beginning to look a lot like Oscar season, everywhere you go…so why not skip the last minute shopping and just buy multiplex gift cards for everyone on your list? And while you’re at it, why not give yourself a gift and see the Coen Brothers‘ latest brainy, bravura masterpiece? Sure, you’ll have to pay a bit more attention than usual to the twisty Old West dialogue in the opening scenes, as precocious teen firebrand Mattie (Hailee Stanfield) teams up with a cocky Texas Ranger (Matt Damon, showing his chops as a character actor) and the besotted, one-eyed U.S. Marshall “Rooster” Cogburn (the Dude, abiding as always in the John Wayne role). But once they (and the story) hit the trail, the suspense and emotional stakes really kick into gear, building to a climactic reminder of the old-school power of a classic Western showdown.

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