Teaser Trailer and Synopsis for the Coens’ ‘True Grit’

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]

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  • Oh my God, I loved that. The music is incredible! And way to go Roger Deakins.

  • 1. Girl seems like an Oscar contender. The Oscars tend to nominate young newcomers and this girl is most likely to take that spot right now.

    2. I read somewhere this is not a remake, it’s based on the same book as the original True Grit was based, but it’s an entirely different film. Not sure if that’s the meaning of “reboot”.

    3. Deakin’s cinematography is evident and that’s the first thing I noticed.

    4. Drama Coens always get Academy love and right now i’m saving a spot for True Grit in my prediction for Best Picture nominess.

  • Well not “entirely different film” since it IS based on the same source, but you know what I mean…

  • Quinn

    Wow that looks great! I loved the music and the cinematography. But I just realized that I have THE worst eyes – up until now whenever I saw “True Grit” like the title of that on any website, I always thought It said “True Gift”. Wow.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDv3DsGjMMg
    “Where No One Stands Alone” – The Peasall Sisters

    Your welcome.

  • It’s going to come down to this versus The Social Network

  • @Matthew Durham I was thinking that a few weeks ago when I posted Oscar predictions on my website.

  • Jose

    I still can’t get excited for this film.
    It’s from the Coen Bros., its based on an excellent book (I’ve heard), and the cast is to die for, but I’m not feeling anything.

    The only things I see for this is a best picture nomination, best supporting actress for what ragabuas said, cinematagrophy and one or two other tech noms, and probably adapted screenplay.

    What other films are in the adapted screenplay field? So far I have True Grit, Toy Story 3, and The Social Network, am I missing anything? (Maybe Winter’s Bone).

  • Jeff Bridges has at least half a chance at Best Actor. I’d say more than that actually.

  • Jake G.

    This looks sooooooooooooo Good!!! Best Picture,Actor,Best Actress,Supporting actor damon and brolin,Adapted Screenplay nominations!

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