True Grit remake buzz has been considerable thus far. However, the True Grit remake had no trailers yet to back it up, until the first teaser came out yesterday. The trailer is just over a minute long, with little dialogue, but it was enough to get Oscar pundits buzzing. With so many Oscar favorites involved in a remake of a movie that already made Oscar history, the film is expected to do some damage. But with the first trailer, pundits now have more to back those claims.
The original Western epic gave John Wayne his only Oscar as the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn. 41 years later, another actor who just won an overdue Oscar, Jeff Bridges, is stepping into the Duke’s shoes. What’s more, he is doing it with his Big Lebowski directors, the Coen Brothers, along with Matt Damon and Josh Brolin.
But the first True Grit remake trailer features more of the newcomer at the center, Hailee Steinfeld. The youngster plays the little girl who hires Rooster to hunt the man who killed her father. She has what little dialogue there is in the teaser, with the rest made up of vintage Coen imagery.
The release of the teaser is overdue, since the movie is one of the few mysteries left in Oscar season. With the vast majority of contenders already screened in festivals, only this film and The Fighter have gone unseen thus far.
Pundits have already reduced the Oscar race to a battle between The Social Network and The King’s Speech. However, the True Grit remake trailer has gotten them excited, in hopes that this will be a wild card contender. With the pedigree of the Coens, Bridges, Damon, Brolin and the original movie, the bar of expectations has been set very high.
Of course, every year has at least one sure-fire contender that falls apart when it’s released. Even if it lives up to the hype, The Social Network and The King’s Speech could put a stranglehold on the race by then. Since Bridges and the Coens have already gotten their overdue awards in the last few years, the Academy might think it too soon to honor them again.
Yet the movie has to actually be good first, and the True Grit trailer has only solidified hopes that it will be. Even if it isn’t the Coens’ best, the original movie was not considered to be John Wayne’s best either, and yet it won big for him anyway. But with the Coens’ vision, and vows to stick closer to the original novel, much more is expected in this case.
With the trailer out, the countdown is officially on for the rest of the True Grit remake, which will be released on Christmas.
YouTube- “True Grit – Trailer”
New York Times- “Looking Back Is a Bad Habit: True Grit Then and Now”