This year seems to be ready and willing to prove wrong every film critic who has ever decried the movie remake. This weekend Matt Reeves’ Let Me In will attempt to retell the Swedish vampire story Let the Right One In and the initial reviews are remarkably positive. Later in the year the Coen brothers, two of the few directors who seem to never miss, will be rebooting the classic John Wayne western True Grit. Not much has been seen or heard about the latter film until the release of its first teaser trailer today.
The film stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld in a Western revenge tale that looks a lot like the Coens’ No Country for Old Men that is set a century earlier. Frequent Coen collaborator Roger Deakins’ cinematography is evident in the brief glimpses of the trailer and despite the typical quick cuts that teasers usually get, it still seems like the Coens are going to use a lot of silence and long shots like they employed so masterfully in No Country for Old Men. Nobody has seen any screenings of the film so its Oscar potential is unclear, but I suspect it will follow in the path of most previous Coen brothers’ films by becoming a critical darling.
The film’s synopsis is below and you can view the trailer after that or in High Definition at Apple.
Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross’s (Hailee Steinfeld) father has been shot in cold blood by the coward Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), and she is determined to bring him to justice. Enlisting the help of a trigger-happy, drunken U.S. Marshal, Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), she sets out with him — over his objections — to hunt down Chaney. Her father’s blood demands that she pursue the criminal into Indian territory and find him before a Texas Ranger named LeBoeuf (Matt Damon) catches him and brings him back to Texas for the murder of another man.
Let me know what you think in the comments.
[Source: Apple Trailers]