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A few questions about the Coen brothers' new 'True Grit' trailer

September 28, 2010 |  3:58 pm

Jeff_bridges A few questions about the new trailer for the Coen brothers' movie "True Grit," due around  Christmas from Paramount:

The trailer gives us hangings, rifle shots, a loving look at a long-neck revolver and some gorgeous glimpses of horsemen silhouetted against the darkened sky. Is this the Coen brothers quietly doing their version of a Clint Eastwood western, in the sense that there isn't a shot in the trailer that couldn't have fit snugly in "High Plains Drifter," "The Outlaw Josey Wales" or "Unforgiven"?

We also get Jeff Bridges, furry and gray, with a patch over his right eye; Matt Damon with mutton-chop whiskers and an unruly mustache; and Josh Brolin with a beard that stretches from ear to ear. Is there any male character in the film who doesn't have more facial hair than the guys in ZZ Top?

Are we to judge from the trailer's biblical-style narration that the tone of the film will have far more in common with "No Country for Old Men" than "The Ladykillers"?

And is it just me, or have the Coens made more period pictures in the past decade (starting with "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" in 2000) than any other living American filmmakers?

And, hey, is Jeff Bridges channeling John Wayne or what?

Have a look for yourself:   

Photo: Jeff Bridges at the 82nd annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times