Thursday, September 30, 2010

Teaser: True Grit


The Coen Brothers are at it again. Just watch:




The synopsis for True Grit reads:

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.

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Call me crazy, but watching this teaser, my mind went straight to Winter's Bone. Debra Granik's brilliant film struck me as a Western, and I wonder if Steinfeld will impress as much as Jennifer Lawrence does in the central role. She'll surely have her work cut out for her to steal scenes away from the likes of Bridges, Brolin and Damon.

True Grit is not coming to Australia until January 2011, so we have a handful of months to read Charles Portis' book, as well as revisiting John Wayne's Oscar winning turn in Henry Hathaway's 1969 version.

New Year just got a whole lot more exciting!

Australian release date: 26 January 2011
US release date: 25 December 2010
UK release date: 14 January 2011

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