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Trailer Watch: Coens Western True Grit Stars Bridges, Brolin, Damon

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 27, 2010 at 11:33AM

True Grit is the 2010 movie I cannot wait to see--and the big unknown for Oscar watchers. We'll all have to wait until Joel and Ethan Coen finish the movie in time for a December 25 release. But the trailer hit today (below).
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Thompson on Hollywood

True Grit is the 2010 movie I cannot wait to see--and the big unknown for Oscar watchers. We'll all have to wait until Joel and Ethan Coen finish the movie in time for a December 25 release. But the trailer hit today (below).

I am a western fan. So no apologies for my enthusiasm here. That said, the Coens' Oscar-winner No Country for Old Men was a contemporary western and this one is, clearly, not only period but hardboiled (based on the Charles Portis novel). It looks like Hailee Steinfeld functions in the Fran McDormand role in Fargo: in other words, where there is nastiness and darkness all around her--as embodied by the tough birds played by Jeff Bridges (in John Wayne's Rooster Cogburn role), Josh Brolin and Matt Damon--she is the light. There's an Unforgiven flavor to this.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.