Retribution. Revenge. That’s the theme at the core of the Coen Brothers’ upcoming reimagining of True Grit, based on the book by Charles Portis. The film follows Mattie Ross (played by newcomer Hailee Steinfeld), a 14-year old girl whose father is murdered by a vicious man named Chaney (Josh Brolin). To get the revenge she feels she deserves, she hires a trigger-happy, boozed up US Marshall named Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges). Together, they set out to avoid other more noble lawmen (Matt Damon) and bring Chaney to justice.
All of this, as you’ll see, can be gleaned from the first trailer…
True Grit presents, at face value, one of the more straightforward stories the brothers Coen have tackled in recent years. But assuredly there will be some nuance to the affair. The aesthetic is rough, the cast is strong and that one shot of Jeff Bridges riding with the reins in his teeth and two guns drawn gives me tingles. I do love me a good western, and the Coens seem fit to deliver just that.
True Grit rides into theaters, searching for retribution on Christmas Day.