The first is a John Wayne classic from 1969. A teenage girl wants to avenge her father's murder, so she recruits an old marshal to help her. When word first hit that the Coen brothers were attempting their own version of 'True Grit,' it was met with the usual apprehensive response. Why would two talented filmmakers like the Coens bother themselves with old fare? Though it's not quite a cinematic remake -- the brothers went back to the source material to be more faithful to the book -- it did fit nicely into the category of useless remakes.
But then the cast started flowing in -- Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Matt Damon -- and a killer teaser suggesting that we might just have an Oscar contender on our hands. Only a short time later, we've got a full-length, whimsy-free trailer, one that should wipe away any skepticism over the project, especially those pleased with how the genre has evolved over the last few years.