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Trailer Watch: True Grit Long Version

Trailer Watch: True Grit Long Version

Paramount tacked the long True Grit trailer in front of The Social Network this weekend. Now I know more than I want to know, typically. Instead of wondering if Josh Brolin and Matt Damon are both bad guys, we see that Damon plays a Texas Ranger helping Bridges’ U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn on a two-man job to track 14-year-old Mattie Ross’s target: Tom Chaney (Brolin), the man who killed her father. And we get more glimpses of banter among the group tracking Brolin.

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Joseph Angier

It’s about time the Coen brothers paid tribute to Henry Hathaway … who’s clearly been their cinematic touchstone ever since they began directing.


Everyone else can have The Social Network, the trailer alone makes this THE FILM for me


I hate that practice of quick fades after a couple of seconds from a scene. It hurts my eyes and gives me no idea what’s happening in the scene. Would it hurt a trailer editor to let us SEE an unbroken piece of a scene??? They used to do that in trailers, y’know.

P.S. I’m liking this less the more I see of it. The actress playing Mattie Ross isn’t doing it for me. I’m not buying her. (What, Dakota Fanning or Chloe Moretz weren’t available? I’m kidding, I’m KIDDING!) I’m happy to see Damon in a western again (I think his last was GERONIMO: AN AMERICAN LEGEND). In fact I think EVERY young leading man these days should do a western. But I’m starting to question whether the Coen Bros. were right for this material. They’ve made a career out of genre films that undercut our expectations of genre films. Well, sorry, but I like to have my genre expectations met once in a while.

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