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First Look: 'True Grit'

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First Look: 'True Grit'
One of the most-anticipated movies of the year for people in the industry and film fans alike has been Joel and Ethan Coen's "True Grit." I can think of few movies that created so much excitement out of showing so little--all it took was a killer trailer and those awesome "Wanted"-style posters with one word, "RETRIBUTION" in big, black letters to convince me. Normally, I don't get my hopes too high over remakes—and lets bear in mind the last time the Coens tried a remake it was their worst film ever, "The Ladykillers." (Sorry, just had an involuntary shudder there.) But if there's one thing I've learned about this filmmaking duo, it's to expect the unexpected. I questioned if they could pull off a straightforward thriller like "Fargo" without any of their standard tricks. I questioned the sense in adapting someone else's work, especially a legend like Cormac McCarthy, with "No Country For Old Men" and I was absolutely wrong to wonder. At the same time, I know they can pull of zany, madcap comedy (as in my favorite of their films, "Raising Arizona") but then they botch something like "Burn After Reading." So even though I had my doubts about a Coen Brothers Western—let alone a remake of a John Wayne vehicle—I knew better than to go in doubting they could pull it off. Whether or not they would was another question.

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